An exciting Kentucky Derby, produced a surprise winner when I'll Have Another, running with 15-to-1 odds, burst past Bodemeister just in time to cross the finish line.
The lightly bet I'll Have Another paid out $32.60 for those who did take a chance on picking the winner. So now I'll Have Another becomes the star of the Preakness as the horse will try to take the second leg of the Triple Crown in two weeks. I'll Have Another needed every bit of the mile and a quarter track at Churchill Downs to win the "Run for the Roses" so to keep the Triple Crown hopes alive in Baltimore, the Derby champ will need to start that late close a little earlier since the race is a mile and three-sixteenths.
But there is no doubt that I'll Have Another will take his shot at the Triple Crown. Following the win, trainer Doug O'Neil declared in his post-race interview, "Maryland, here we come, baby!"
In yet another enthralling Kentucky Derby, the aptly-named horse I'll Have Another edged Bodemeister in the final furlong to reign supreme as 2012 Kentucky Derby Champion. Entering the race at 15-to-1 odds to win, I'll Have Another paid out at $32.60 for the victory, rewarding bettors who opted to take the plunge quite well in the end.
Those lucky souls who placed a $1 Trifecta bet on the top three horses won $766.40 for their troubles, while a $2 bet of the same paid out $1,532. Here are the final payouts:
I'll Have Another is your winner for the 138th running of the Kentucky, making a late run to overtake Bodemeister for the win. It was the first time a horse has won the Derby starting from the 19th gate. Bodemeister was one of the pre-race favorites and had a five-length lead at one point, but heading around the back-stretch, I'll Have Another started to gain and took the lead to win by half a length.
It was also the first ever Kentucky Derby victory for trainer Doug O'Neill and jockey Mario Gutierrez. Favorite Union Rags wasn't in the top three around the back stretch, as Trinniberg and Hansen were among the other horses that I'll Have Another passed near the end.
Below, we've got video of the running. You can see I'll Have Another take the victory right there at the end - getting half a length ahead as Bodemeister's jockey pushed and pushed. An exciting finish to be sure.
The 138th running of the Kentucky Derby is officially in the books, with I'll Have Another taking the victory, becoming the first horse to ever win from the No. 19 position. I'll Have Another was at 12-1 heading into the race, and was not as prominent in the pre-race previews as 9-2 favorite Union Rags and 5-1 Bodemeister.
The latter of which had the lead heading around the back stretch at a great pace, with Trinniberg and Hansen behind. As the final furlongs approached, I'll Have Another came 'round and bested Bodemeister by half a length to get the win.
Rousing Sermon and jockey Mike Smith finished No. 8 in the race, starting from No. 7. Rousing Sermon was born in Akron, Ohio and wasn't given "great" odds to win the race, with the latest odds listing the horse at 36-1, with the morning line at 50-1.
Rousing Sermon was 8 1/4 lengths behind the winner.
The 2012 Kentucky Derby will go off at 6:24 p.m. EDT on Saturday evening but races will be run throughout the day. HRTV and NBC will show most of the racing on televsion but you can also watch the 138th Derby and other races live through any internet-enabled viewing device. Online viewing is legal through the official websites streaming the races.
You can view the Kentucky Derby and other races through Twinspires.com live online. The first race started at 10:30 a.m. EDT on this site which allows viewing up to five races at a time on the same screen.
Online coverage from NBC begins at 4:30 p.m. EDT which will show the main races and pre-race coverage of the Run for the Roses from this link.