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Bodemeister named favorite for 2012 Preakness

Bodemeister named favorite for 2012 Preakness

Almost immediately, there was talk of lucky numbers.

Kentucky Derby winner I'll Have Another drew the No. 9 post at the draw for the 137th running of the Preakness. After his horse raced from the 19th position -- and became the first to win from that spot -- in Kentucky, Doug O'Neill saw no problem.

"Anything with a nine is fine for us," the gregarious trainer of I'll Have Another said.

Bodemeister, meanwhile, drew the seventh spot. That, friends joked with trainer Bob Baffert, could work; his son Bode, after all, is 7 years old.

But when the talk of good fortune and happy circumstance subsided, slivers of evidence revealing how the race will be run...