Triple Crown Hopeful I'll Have Another-Ready to Race at Belmont

Published Tuesday, June 05, 2012 -

In approximately four days the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes will take place at Belmont Park located in Elmont in Nassau County, New York, on Long Island adjoining New York City. It first opened on May 4, 1905. It is typically open for racing throughout May, June and into late July, and again from late September through late October.

‘ I’ll Have Another’ will attempt to become the twelfth Triple Crown Winner after becoming the 33rd horse to win the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes double. Belmont is known as "The Championship Track" because almost every major champion in racing history since the early 20th century has competed on the racecourse including each of the 11 Triple Crown winners. Belmont Park is operated by the non-profit New York Racing Association.

Triple Crown hopeful I’ll Have Another put in a fourth solid gallop over Belmont Park’s main track recently as Team O’Neill began planning some extracurricular activities during the lead up to the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes this June 9 2012. In an article posted by the NYRA trainer Doug O’Neill said at the press briefing. “If any of you guys got a chance to see him, I think he’s maintained his energy level and his stride, and he looks fantastic,” O’Neill continued, “Today the track was, according to the crew, at its deepest and most tiring, so it was good to get him over that, and he recovered very quickly and drank a very little bit of water. So he’s fit, and we have to stay lucky and stay injury-free and we’ll be in great shape.” Kentucky

Derby third-place finisher Dullahanhas also arrived at the track in preparation for the attempt to spoil the Triple Crown win for I’ll Have Another. Books online are placing 3/ 1 on I’ll Have Another and 4/1 on Union Rags.

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