I’ll Have Another…Heat Finals Appearance

I had been looking forward to this post all week. Writing and re-writing this entire piece in my head on how I’ll Have Another was the first horse in decades to win the Triple Crown, and then I heard the news. I’ll Have Another would become the third horse in the sport’s history to drop out of the Belmont after winning the first two legs of the Triple Crown. This was a devastating day in sports to say the least.  But then Game 7 of the Boston Miami series started…

After LeBron’s 45 point performance in Game 6, I didn’t know what to expect in Game 7. Let’s just say I was not let down. With the return of Chris Bosh, the “Trio” was finally re-united and put on a great show for their home crowd. Bosh returned with a solid performance of 19 points and 8 rebounds. Wade and James were at it again showing why they are two of the best in the game, scoring a combined 54 points and taking the TicketCity Play of the Week.

The LeBron to Wade to LeBron alley-oop, as its being referred to, could not have come at a better time. The Celtics had taken a quick lead towards the end of the half and looked to be gaining some momentum. With forty seconds left in the half, The King makes an acrobatic steal and it’s LeBron and Wade on the run. While this has become quite customary during a Miami Heat game, this instance in particular showcases the unmatchable chemistry between these two guys.

After the monstrous two-handed jam by LeBron, the crowd depletes any momentum the Celtics thought they had. The Heat would go into the locker room trailing the Celtics at half time, but would pick up right where they left off and come out with a 101-88 win to advance to the Finals for the second year in a row. The Miami Heat will take on the OKC Thunder in the NBA Finals. Game 1 is on June 12 in Oklahoma City at 8:00 pm.

Now for the TicketCity Play of the Week:

I’ll Have Another Just Needs Belmont Stakes Win to Make History

Two weeks ago I introduced an American Thoroughbred horse by the name of I’ll Have Another who won the Kentucky Derby. Well, true to his name he took another, but this time it was at the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore.

Similar to the Kentucky Derby, I’ll Have Another did not take to the front of the pack until the last seconds of the race, but this time the colt never fell below fourth. The majority of the race was dominated by the first four horses–Bodemeister, Creative Cause, Pretension, and I’ll Have Another. The four horses stayed in this order until they reached the end of second turn, where I’ll Have Another slipped in front of Pretension. As we all saw in the Kentucky Derby, the second turn and the home stretch is where I’ll Have Another truly performs.

At a minute and thirty five in the video you can see the colt really put it into overdrive. From this moment on is what I am delegating the TicketCity Play of the Week. In watching the horses stampede down the home stretch, I’ll Have Another and his cockeyed running stance tells it all. Determination and heart seem to be pouring out of the horse as he easily passes Creative Cause and sets his sights on Bodemeister, who had maintained the number one spot for the entire race.

The last 200 yards I’ll Have Another is literally stepping on the heels of Bodemeister and closing the gap quickly. At the 100 yard marker the two horses are nearly neck and neck and set up for what is sure to be a photo finish to the race. And a photo finish is exactly what it was as I’ll Have Another crosses the finish line by the length of his head before Bodemeister. This win gives the colt the second leg in the Triple Crown, only the 33rd horse to ever win the double. If he sees a win at the Belmont Stakes in June, I’ll Have Another will definitely go down in the record books as it has been 34 years since the last Triple Crown winner. If the Belmont Stakes is anything like its preceding races, it is sure to be an exciting one that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Don’t miss your chance to witness history June 9 at the Belmont Park Race Track in Elmont, New York. Get your Belmont Stakes tickets today from TicketCity for the chance to witness history in the making.

Here is your TicketCity Play of the Week:
( The home stretch starts at 1:35 where I’ll Have Another gives us this week’s play.)

I’ll Have Another Wins the Derby and Play of the Week

This week’s Play of the Week comes to us from Churchill Downs. A beautiful North American Thoroughbred colt by the name “I’ll Have Another” took the spotlight in Kentucky this weekend. However, it was not until the last stretch of the Kentucky Derby that the spotlight actually found the horse.

At the sound of the gun, the horses hit the first stretch as if they had been catapulted from the gates. It takes a few moments for the lead pack to disperse into well-distinguished order. Heading into the first turn, I’ll Have Another is not even part of the top five, holding seventh place. As the saying goes, “Slow and steady wins the race,” and the 138th Kentucky Derby was no exception.

During the second stretch, I’ll Have Another makes his first advance and holds the sixth position for the remainder of the stretch. As the horses enter the second turn, I’ll Have Another taps in to his reserved energy and shifts to second gear. As the turn comes to an end, the conservative colt is now chasing the third place runner into the final stretch.

The TicketCity Play of the Week occurs at the end of this turn just as they enter the final furlong of the Derby. The colt’s jockey, Mario Gutierrez, makes a slightly wide turn into the homestretch, immediately taking a direct angle to the inside. At 1:38 in the video, the move that puts the pair into second place is clear as day. After edging to the inside, I’ll Have Another shifts into full-throttle mode. Behind the first place runner by three horse lengths, it takes everything the colt has left to advance into first place and sprint across the finish line, victorious as the winner of the 138th Kentucky Derby, a first for both the colt and the jockey. Don’t miss the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes as the duo attempts to achieve the impossible and take home the US Triple Crown.

May I present to you the 138th Kentucky Derby winning run and your TicketCity Play of the Week (1:38  in the video is where things really heat up).