Under bright and sunny skies, Triple Crown hopeful
I’ll Have Another had a
second energetic gallop over Belmont Park’s main track this morning as he
continues preparations for the June 9 Belmont Stakes.
As he did on Friday, the chestnut colt went to the track accompanied by
his stable pony, Lava Man, and galloped just under a mile with exercise rider
Humberto Gomez in the irons. As he passed by the grandstand, I’ll Have
Another received a big round of applause from the “Breakfast at Belmont” fans lined
up along the rail.
Afterward, with clear blue skies and the sun shining for the first time
all week, I’ll Have Another was treated to his first full head-to-tail
soapy bath since arriving from Pimlico on Sunday.
“We did exactly the same as we did yesterday, the only thing
different was the sunshine – it’s been a beautiful morning here at Belmont,’ said
trainer Doug O’Neill’s assistant, Jack Sisterson. “Obviously,
he could tell the sun was out. He went fantastic over the track again this
morning. So far, so good.”
O’Neill is scheduled to be on hand Sunday to personally supervise
the remainder of the Belmont
preparations for J. Paul Reddam’s colt, who is bidding to become
racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner and first since Affirmed won
the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont in 1978. The 1 ½-mile Belmont has since tripped
up 11 Triple Crown hopefuls, most recently Big Brown in 2008.