NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Trainer Doug O’Neill welcomed an uneventful morning at Belmont Park for I’ll Have Another one day after his Triple Crown hopeful narrowly avoided a collision with a loose horse.
A loose horse nearly slammed into the Triple Crown hopeful on Thursday, but Friday was a much calmer day for I’ll Have Another.
The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner took advantage of a newly-implemented designated training time for Belmont Stakes horses with his typical 1 ½-mile gallop, the same distance as the race on June 9.
O’Neill said the setting Friday was “awesome” and “cool.”
I’ll Have Another came close to a frightful accident on Thursday when Isleta, a 3-year-old maiden filly, broke free and grazed the boot of exercise rider Jonny Garcia.
Hours later, the New York Racing Association set aside a window for Belmont starters, from 8:30-8:45 a.m. ET.
Another horse got away from his handler in the barn area approximately 10 minutes after I’ll Have Another returned to his stall.
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I’ll Have Another is attempting to become the first Triple Crown winner in 34 years. Affirmed last won the Triple Crown in 1978.
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