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Belmont: I'll Have Another stays calm during traffic-delayed journey
ELMONT, N.Y. - After two trouble-free trips winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, I’ll Have Another on Sunday encountered a traffic-filled journey from Pimlico to Belmont Park, where on June 9 he will attempt to win the Belmont Stakes and become Thoroughbred racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner.
Due mainly to an accident on the New Jersey Turnpike, it took I’ll Have Another nearly 5 1/2 hours to van from Pimlico. The trip usually takes around four hours.
I’ll Have Another, along with three stablemates and stable pony Lava Man, arrived at Belmont at about 2:45 p.m. They took up residence in Barn 9, which houses horses trained by Mark Hennig and is the closest one to Belmont’s main track.
“We kind of got held up for about an hour and a half,” said assistant trainer Jack Sisterson, who accompanied the horses on the van ride to Belmont. “The horses were just looking out the window the whole time. Him and Lava Man were together and they were just chatting away the whole time.”
Sisterson said it was not yet determined when I’ll Have Another would go back to the track. I’ll Have Another would definitely just walk the shed row on Monday.
“We’ll see how he is tomorrow,” Sisterson said. “We’ll walk him tomorrow and take it from there.”
Doug O’Neill, the trainer of I’ll Have Another, flew from Baltimore to his home in Southern California on Sunday and is expected to come to New York over the weekend.
Has anyone mentioned that Belmont is known as "Big SANDY?" So, it is not just the biggest track in the country; it just doesn't have the widest turns; it is composed with a large per cent of sand. Which horse will relish these conditions?
Does Nick Zito train any of the Belmont hopefuls this year?
What a terrific picture!!! :D Nice article. A pleasant read for a rainy Monday morning.
When will people get it! Dullahan doesn't run his best on dirt.
Ok, only an extra hour and a half ride, at least if he had to pee they didn't have to stop off. One bit of advice i'd give is Mark Hennig's barn is ice cold, get him out of there.
So who (or what) besides Dullahan is a serious competitor?
I wonder if his friend Lava Man giving IHA some pointers (LOL).
Take it or leave it this horse wins the tripple at even money odds or less. LOCK CITY
Just what the Dr. ordered. A tour of the NJ Turnpike and row houses. Next tour will be to Disneyland. IHA visits Disneyland after capturing that elusive Triple Crown after 38 years. We are going to see Thoroughbred History in the making. From my assesment IHA hasn't turned a hair and could'nt blow out a match after his triumph in the Preakness. He is a very professional guy and has the temperment and attitude along with the physical qualities and athleticism as we all have can attest to by watching how easily he has taken the Roses and Vase and now on to Belmont for the Crown.
is this DRF or TMZ? Not too sure what to think of this article but love the coverage nonetheless If Bodemeisters plane gets delayed at the airport, Will that be news too?
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