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I'll Have Another Arrives at Belmont on Cloud Nine

Right on the heels of their 2012 Preakness celebration the I’ll Have Another team arrived at Belmont Park on Sunday, still on cloud nine. They made a decision to get the winner of the first two legs of the Triple Crown to Belmont as quickly as possible.
I'll Have Another was to leave at 8:00am but was a bit delayed as they fell behind schedule and then they got a first hand introduction to traffic in the New York metropolitan area, New Jersey Turnpike style. “We got kind of held up for about an hour and a half,” said Jack Sisterson, assistant to trainer Doug O’Neill. “I have no idea where we were, but besides that the horse was happy. He was just looking out the window the whole time. He and Lava Man were together, they were just chatting away the whole time.” They finally reached Belmont Park at around 2:45pm and were greeted by 20 or 30 members of the media and a NYRA security team.
When asked how I’ll Have Another came out of the race Sisterson happily said, “He was feeling fantastic, he ate everything up last night, and he was full of energy walking around today. He’s a neat sort of horse that every time he comes out of a race you never think he has run.”
Certainly Trainer Doug O'Neill was still on cloud nine, “Bring it on! We’re ready to go. Super-pumped! How he’s doing is going to dictate how we’re doing. This morning, he looks superb.”
Cloud nine seems to be the best way to describe the feelings around I’ll Have Another who seems to have nine as a lucky number. He won the Kentucky Derby from post position 19 and then the Preakness from the 9 slot on May the 19th while earning a 109 Beyer Speed Figure. The 2012 Belmont Stakes is scheduled for June 9th and no horse has won a Triple Crown on that date since Secretariat did it 39 years ago. Upon arrival in New York this foal of 2009 was settling down in his stall, which was of course located in Mark Hennig’s barn 9


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there is going to be alot of ,heartbroke fans because Union Rags will smoke big sandy and win the Belmont
I think they are very smart to get to the next track ASAP, never liked the idea of bringing a horse in the morning of the race
He wouldn't be retired (unless injured) until the end of the year since the breeding season is over.
I read a couple of years ago that if any horse won the Triple Crown that he would be retired instantly due to what he would be worth. I hope that is not true. It would be so awesome to have and see a great run for a while. That is not saying I'll Have Another is a great horse, but the potential is there.
nother, I don't know about retirement, but he will deserve a nice rest before a fall campaign.
will IHA be retired if he wins ;; i guess so?
Snuck a quick peek at him this morning!!
It's very smart to have him there early. Belmont is a very sandy track and some horses have trouble getting used to it. They took Summer Bird there three weeks early when he won and beat Mine That Bird. The trainer said that was one of the things that really helped him
I can't say I never bet on horse races, just as I occasionally bet on footbal. But my primary interest in horse racing as the same as my other favorite sports; watching elite athletes compete.
Horse racing would disappear quickly without the mutuels
Nine is my number. Buenos Suerte!
Horse Racing is not called gambling, I have not bet a cent in my life and am as big a fan of Horse Racing as any.
Although I wish the I'll Have Another and his connections the best of luck I must remind myself that this sport of Horse Racing is called GAMBLING and for the last 33 years we have been positioned to bet the triple crown in the same fashion as kicking the football just like Lucy does to Snoopy in the Peanuts comic strip. I will not fall for all the propaganda again , will you ?
this horse has a surprising impressive pedigree with arch, mr. prospector, kris s.
I think that is a great thing that he is there were he will capture the tripple crown to get seteld in and starte his workouts here this early just makes it easyer for him to focus on his next win the trpple crown
No kidding around ... I have not had a case of Triple Crown Fever this bad since 1989.

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