Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom likely will enter the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown, the spokesman for the 3-year-old colt’s ownership group said a day after the Derby.
A win at the Belmont Stakes for I’ll Have Another to make him the first Triple Crown champion in 34 years might turn $35,000 into $10 million for his owners with even more money spread around the industry.
I’ll Have Another’s unexpected retirement ended the horse’s bid to become the first Triple Crown winner since 1978 and dealt a financial blow to business at the track, a television network and the colt’s ownership.
Mario Gutierrez has ridden thousands of horses in 11 years as a jockey. None impressed him as quickly as the unfamiliar chestnut colt that trainer Doug O’Neill invited him to work out this year at Hollywood Park in California.