I'm a 55 year old racing fan who learned how to read by paging thru the Blood Horse magazine. My parents took me to the races as soon as they saw I had a interested in it. I came to love Native Dancer and his descendants. I started following his sons and daughters, then his grandsons and granddaughters and so on. So the fact that I'll Have Another is from his sire line is one of the many things I love about the possibility of having a new Triple Crown winner.
I've seen many a Belmont. I've seen Secretariat win the Belmont by 30 lengths, I've seen Seattle Slew power down the stretch in victory and I was there for Affirmed's win over the gallant Alydar. I was on the wrong side of that one, but was still happy to see a great grandson of the Gray Ghost join the great ones.
The last time I ventured to Belmont for a Triple Crown attempt was for another of his descendants, Real Quiet. At first we all thought he had won and everyone was going crazy. Then the awful truth sunk in. We would still have to wait for the right one. I vowed not to come back to see the Belmont till I really felt it was going to happen. I have not been tempted to go though many were on the threshold of immortality. I didn't feel it and I was right. I never made the trip to be disappointed. I watched from my home and felt the sadness that another year had gone by and we would still be looking for the one.
I am making the trip this year. Although he hit my radar briefly as a two year old, I have really followed I'll Have Another from his first race of this year. I bet him in the first round of the Kentucky Future Bets and I placed my big $2.00 on him each and every time he ran. I even got crazy and bet $5.00 across the board on him in the Preakness! But to me this horse is more than just a sure thing. He is a warrior. He doesn't back down. If you ask for more, he gives it. He has ran down the fastest colts of his crop, every time. He has no quit in him. And on Saturday, he will not quit, he will not falter. He will be the one I and every horse racing fan has been waiting for. He will be the one worth making the trip. He will be the one, number 12!
-- Rosemarie Grace Cola
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