NEW YORK (AP) — Triple Crown hopeful I’ll Have Another took another tour around Belmont Park on a rainy Friday, this time galloping a mile under exercise rider Humberto Gomez.

After two days of 1½-mile jogs, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner picked up the pace as he prepares to make a bid to win the Belmont Stakes on June 9 and become thoroughbred racing’s first Triple Crown champion in 34 years.

I’ll Have Another was accompanied by his stable pony, Lava Man, as he entered the track with a steady rain falling.

Assistant trainer Jack Sisterson said the colt “Looked super. One thing we were looking to see how he got over the track, stride-wise, and he looked fantastic. The rider said he felt good, and he’s happy, so we’re happy.”

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