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Belmont Stakes 2012: I’ll Have Another avoids collision with loose horse
ELMONT, N.Y. – The Belmont Stakes nearly lost its marquee player Thursday morning when a different horse got loose and nearly ran into Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I’ll Have Another during training hours at Belmont Park.
I’ll Have Another was not touched by the loose horse and was able to complete his normal training regimen without issue, but it created some anxious moments for trainer Doug O’Neill.
“I’m still a little twisted by it,” O’Neill said, holding his stomach about an hour after the incident. “I’ve seen accidents happen before. Fortunately, everything worked out fine.”
I’ll Have Another galloped a strong mile under exercise rider Jonny Garcia.
The incident led to O’Neill calling NYRA officials to see if they would designate a certain time solely for Belmont Stakes horses to train. P.J. Campo, vice president/director of racing for NYRA, was working out the logistics of such an arrangement late Thursday morning. Such an arrangement is in place at Churchill Downs for Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks horses.
The horse who got loose was 3-year-old maiden filly Isleta, bred and co-owned by the Steinbrenner family’s Kinsman Stable and recently transferred to trainer Carl Domino.
What a nice horse! Cool; calm; all heart. He deserves to win the Triple Crown.
What a nice horse! Cool, calm and unflappable. He deserves to win the Triple Crown. Crown.
Wow, Livingston really captured the moment with her photos. That incident shows it disrupted I'll Have Another's cool. I chose him as my Derby pick because he's a calm horse. I'm not betting in the race after all these crazy new security rules made yesterday because it changes my handicapping. I'll be listening to the trainers' press conferences and watching their workouts, but it's just too uncertain at this point.
Whew... Glad everything is okay. Doug, you handled it perfectly and don't be afraid to make more demands on NYRA where need to be. And keep the press, photographers and cameras around 24/7.
Thank you God and thank you Babara for the fantastic photos....Godspeed to all
It is all a Conspiracy! the NYRWB is mob deep!
Welcome to New York!! As usual the great Barbara Livingston was there to capture the moment. More than coincidence that she always gets her shot. Just glad that the colt got away safe. Of all the ways to lose a race...
O'Neil has asked the NYRA board for a designated time for Belmont starters to train as they do in the Derby. The board will convene next week and after two days of talks will determine that a time will be set aside for Bellmont starters to train. This will be implemented and take effect June 10th.
I'm all out of middle fingers to raise to the NYRA. Let's just run this race, win it, and get the hell out of dodge.
No Derby/Preakness winner has ever won the Belmont Stakes after nearly being run into by a loose horse during training hours, after its trainer was suspended, and after it was prohibited from wearing a nasal strip. P.S. In Paragraph 2: "Regiment" is a military unit. "Regimen" is a course of action.
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