"It's great to have a horse rise to that level - good for the sport, the trainer, the fans," Matz said. "I'll Have Another looks like he's peaking. It will be interesting to see if he can run a third one."
Creative Cause finished third in the Preakness, an afterthought in the duel to the wire between winner I'll Have Another and Bodemeister.
It was an improvement over Creative Cause's fifth-place finish at the Kentucky Derby, but hardly a satisfying outcome for trainer Mike Harrington.
"He just got outrun," Harrington said. "He always brings his best race. He just couldn't outrun those horses today. What can you do?"
Harrington had no complaints about the effort of jockey Joel Rosario, who had Creative Cause in second place at the three-quarter pole but finished 83/4 lengths behind Bodemeister.
"You got to try to win the race. Joel Rosario tried to win the race," Harrington said. "I have no regrets."
Harrington figured Rosario's hard charge took its toll on Bodemeister, who was overtaken by I'll Have Another in the stretch.
"He probably won it for I'll Have Another," Harrington said.
Day didn't go well
After starting as the third-favorite in the 11-horse field, Went the Day Well never got a sniff of the front-runners and finished a disappointing 10th.
The colt moved into a forward position four wide, then failed to respond to jockey John Velazquez in the far turn before falling back in the pack.
"He broke a little slow, but I put him right where I wanted to be," Velazquez said. "In the first turn, I was right behind the leader, and by the backstretch, I was done. I mean, he didn't respond at all for whatever reason. Very disappointing."
The horse's performance was sharply different than in The Kentucky Derby, when he rallied from 17th place to finish fourth.