Racing For The Crown

Friday, June 8, 2012 - 8:38am

"I'll Have Another" could make history at this weekend's Belmont Stakes.

The anticipation and excitement is building just as "I'll Have Another" prepares for his chance to race in to history at the Belmont Stakes.

It's been 34 years since a horse has won the Triple Crown, but after a surprise win in the Kentucky Derby and a come from behind victory at the Preakness "I'll Have Another" and his team need just one more win to earn their spot alongside the greatest in the sport of kings.

"This is what it's all about, this is the big stage, the big enchilada if you will so this is what we're all dreaming about," says trainer Doug O'Neill. "I just hope he lives up to the expectations".

He is an unlikely hero.

Until this weekend "I'll have another" has never been favored to win a race.

He doesn't come from a high dollar lineage.

O'Neill will tell you he's had limited success, none in the high profile Triple Crown races until now, and jockey Mario Gutierrez is a rookie who had never ridden in the Triple Crown until guiding "I'll Have Another" to wins in the Kentucky Derby and The Preakness.

"I'm just trying to be focused on Belmont right now, all I think about is Belmont Stakes," Gutierrez says.

It is impossible to ignore the legacy and legends of those who have come before, names that include War Admiral, Citation, Secretariat and Seattle Slew, and the last to win the Triple Crown, Affirmed in 1978.

Since 1900 there have been 32 horses who have won the first two legs of the Triple Crown, but only eleven have gone on to seal the deal.

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