I'll Have Another poised to capture the Triple Crown, can he do it?

I'll Have Another poised to capture the Triple Crown, can he do it?

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BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 19: I'll Have Another ridden by Mario Gutierrez comes ahead at the finish to beat Bodemeister ridden by Mike Smith to win the 137th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 19, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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by ABC News

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 8, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Updated Friday, Jun 8 at 11:29 AM

(ABC News) -- I'll Have Another was impressive winning the Preakness, the second jewel in the Triple Crown.  Now all eyes are on the three-year-old colt to see if he can do what no other horse has done in 34 years.

"I think if he shows up and he, he runs his race, he's gonna be very tough to beat," said trainer Doug O'Neill.

The last Triple Crown winner was the great Affirmed who had to battle right down to the wire to capture the Belmont in 1978.

Since then 11 thoroughbreds have bagged the first two races and gone to post at the Belmont only to fall short.  Most recently, Big Brown, who tried for the Triple Crown just four years ago.

Jockey Steve Cauthen, just 18 at the time, rode Affirmed to horse racing history.

"It takes a very special horse, and you know a little bit of luck as well," said retired Hall of Fame jockey Steve Cauthen.

Cauthen, now retired, thinks Guttierez and I'll Have Another have a good shot at replicating what he did on Affirmed.

"He doesn't mind getting in the battle. He's really a fighter," said Cauthen.  "And i think that's what gives him the best chance of pulling it off."

Both jockey and horse were long-shots. Mario Gutierrez, a 25-year-old native of Mexico, was riding on a minor league circuit in Canada less than a year ago before trainer Doug O'Neill gave him a shot.

I'll Have Another came from undistinguished pedigree and originally sold for just $11,000. By the way, his name comes from owner J. Paul Reddam's fondness for his wife's cookies. Before Reddam bought and renamed him, his name was Cheetos.

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