Moments after I'll Have Another registered a rousing, come-from-behind victory in the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby, the horse's trainer Doug O'Neill was already talking about the Triple Crown.
Accompanied by his young son on the track, O'Neill bellowed, "Maryland, here we come baby!"
With the first leg of horse racing's fabled Triple Crown checked off, I'll Have Another will head to Pimlico in Maryland for the Preakness Stakes (and then hopefully out to Long Island for the Belmont) with hopes of becoming the first three-year-old to sweep all three crown jewel events in a single season since Affirmed accomplished the trick in 1978.
2012 Triple Crown Schedule
The Preakness Stakes: May 19
The Belmont Stakes: June 9
The last horse to come close was Big Brown in 2008, who had a dismal showing at the Belmont after capturing the first two legs of the Triple Crown. Can I'll Have Another succeed where so many others have failed?
If so, I'll Have Another will join an elite group of horses, including Secretariat and Whirlaway.