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Kentucky Derby 2012: I'll Have Another Closes Fast To Begin Quest For Triple Crown

The quest for the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978 is officially underway, as I'll Have Another put on a late charge to pass Bodemeister and win The Kentucky Derby. I'll Have Another made history, as he is the first horse to win out of the 19th post in Derby history. Mario Gutierrez, who rode I'll have Another, also made some history, winning the Kentucky Derby in his debut.

Bodemeister led nearly the whole race, but couldn't hold off the charging I'll have Another over the final 300 yards. Bodemiester raced at an incredible pace, setting five of the fastest splits in Derby history. Dullahan nearly pushed for second place, but couldn't quite catch Bodemeister and finished third.

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