Belmont Stakes 2012: I'll Have Another Continues Triple Crown Hunt

May 19, 2012;Baltimore, MD, USA; Mario Gutierrez aboard I'll Have Another (9) reacts after beating Mike E. Smith aboard Bodemeister (7) to win the running of the 137th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE

I'll Have Another will try to race into the history books with a win at the Belmont Stakes on June 9. Can the horse pull off the first Triple Crown win since 1979?

I'll Have Another raced to a win in the 137th Preakness Stakes over the weekend. With the win, the horse claimed its second jewel in the chase for horse racing's elusive Triple Crown and entered the stretch run in a race with history. A win in the Belmont Stakes on June 9 would make I'll Have Another the first Triple Crown winner in 34 years. I'll Have Another is currently the favorite to win at Belmont.

Winning the Triple Crown is a tall order; only 11 horses have done it. Since Affirmed's win in 1979, 11 horses have won the first two Triple Crown races only to see their hopes dashed at Belmont.

Bodemeister is out of the Belmont stakes after a second runner-up performance at the Preakness. Similar to the Kentucky Derby, I'll Have Another pulled ahead of Bodemeister with a late surge in the race.

A pair of horses who skipped the Preakness, Dullahan and Union Rags, are expected to be in the field at Belmont. Other probable horses include Rousing Sermon and Paynter.

SB Nation's horse racing blog And Down The Stretch They Come has you covered for all your horse racing needs.

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