BALTIMORE (AP) -- I'll Have Another waited a little longer to catch Bodemeister in the stretch this time, and now that he's done it twice in a row it's time for a Triple Crown try in the Belmont Stakes in three weeks. With a breathtaking closing rush, the smooth-striding colt won the Preakness Stakes by a neck at Pimlico Race Course on a sunny Saturday, a dramatic finish that topped his win two weeks ago in the Kentucky Derby. The race unfolded the same way as the Derby, with the speedy Bodemeister moving to the lead under Mike Smith, with I'll Have Another hanging back in fourth in the 11-horse field. The early fractions were slower than the Derby, but when it came time for Bodemeister to hang on, I'll Have Another found another gear under young jockey Mario Gutierrez and ran down trainer Bob Baffert's horse in the shadow of the wire. "We're thinking Triple Crown, baby," an elated trainer Doug O'Neill said. "He's a special horse. We'll see how he comes out of it, and if he comes out of it in good shape, we're heading to New York, baby." It's been 34 years since Affirmed swept the Derby, Preakness and Belmont and became the 11th and most recent Triple Crown champion. Since then, 11 horses have won the first two legs only to come up short in the Belmont. The most recent try came in 2008, when Big Brown was pulled up around the turn for home and did not finish. Before that, Smarty Jones was run down in the final 70 yards by Birdstone in the 2005 Belmont. If margins are an indication, perhaps I'll Have Another has a Triple Crown in his future. Affirmed won the Derby by the identical 1 lengths over Alydar, and then beat his rival by the same neck margin in the Preakness. "I didn't feel confident we were going to get there until 10 yards from the wire," owner J. Paul Reddam said. I'll Have Another, sent off as the second choice at 3-1 over 8-5 favorite Bodemeister, covered the 1 316 miles in 1:55.94. The winner returned 8.40, 3.80 and 2.80. Bodemeister returned 3.20 and 2.80, and Creative Cause paid 3.60 to show.
By now you’ve likely seen the pictures and videos from the Caps’ Halloween party on Sunday. The players were all smiles after practice on Monday when asked about the night’s frivolities.
“I use gel for my hair and look like a real American guy so it was kind of cool,” said Alex Ovechkin who went as a prison inmate.
One of the best costumes of the night was that of Andre Burakovsky and Tom Wilson who went as Brennan and Dale from the movie “Step Brothers.”
“Me and Tom, we wanted to do something together,” Burakovsky said, “And I came up with the idea because we’re pretty close, we’re good friends, you know, step brothers. I looked online for funny Halloween costumes and I saw like a picture of the step brothers.”
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When asked if he had actually seen the movie, Burakovsky revealed that he had not.
“I’ve heard a lot about it and now I have to see it.”
And then there was Zach Sanford.
The most memorable moment from the evening was a video of Zach Sanford singing the song “Sweet Caroline” while dressed as Dog the bounty hunter.
As the party moved to a karaoke bar, Sanford, of course had to get things started.
“Because he was rookie he have to do something first,” Ovechkin said.
“I wanted to do some Missy Elliott but [Braden Holtby] ended up picking ‘Sweet Caroline’ for me,” Sanford said.
And the rest is internet history (though you can’t help but wonder what a video of Sanford singing Missy Elliott would have looked like).
But whatever you may have thought when you saw him sing, Burakovsky was apparently worse.
“Burkie was entertaining but he wasn’t very good,” Sanford said. “He didn’t really know the words.”
Being Swedish, Burakovsky of course had to sing the ABBA classic “Dancing Queen.”
“I think it was just Holtby that gave me the mic and he’s like here and I’m like what do you want me to do with it? And this song came on and obviously it’s ABBA, it’s Swedish so they wanted me to sing it so I did a little solo thing there.”
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One fan at the Wizards' preseason finale against the Toronto Raptors on Friday night brought quite the sign along with him to the Verizon Center. In one sharpie-signed message, he managed to channel presidential candidate Donald Trump to take a shot at the most famous Raptors fan out there, rap superstar Drake.
And the fan just happened to be wearing a throwback John Wall jersey. Check it out:
If Drake could see this, here's how he might respond:
That's cold, man.
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