05/31/2012 11:56AM

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.

Barbara D. Livingston
Exercise rider Jonny Garcia notices 3-year-old filly Isleta running loose on the main track where I'll Have Another was training Thursday morning, accompanied by Lava Man.

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.

[I’LL HAVE ANOTHER: Derby, Preakness winner runs for Triple Crown]

John Click More than 1 year ago
What a nice horse! Cool; calm; all heart. He deserves to win the Triple Crown.
John Click More than 1 year ago
What a nice horse! Cool, calm and unflappable. He deserves to win the Triple Crown. Crown.
Leah Demeter More than 1 year ago
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.
Leah Demeter More than 1 year ago
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.
Marcy Leonard More than 1 year ago
Thank you God and thank you Babara for the fantastic photos....Godspeed to all
Daddy More than 1 year ago
It is all a Conspiracy! the NYRWB is mob deep!
Vicki Dwight More than 1 year ago
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...
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
ITA - Barbara is a FABULOUS photographer. I don't think she has an equal when it comes to equine photography. Her pictures are poetic in nature. As usual, she was at the right place, at the right time with her camera ready!
Ed Felsen More than 1 year ago
Yes, Barbara's photos are wonderful. I've printed a few of them and have them over the desk in my den (of iniquity--where I make my bets!!).
neigh sayer More than 1 year ago
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.
Jade Sword More than 1 year ago
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.
Nicholas Carraway More than 1 year ago
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.
Michael More than 1 year ago
And you have never had a happy day in your life.....
Nicholas Carraway More than 1 year ago
Mark Deckert More than 1 year ago
RonaldH3 More than 1 year ago
RonaldH3 More than 1 year ago
Nicholas, Save your breath. You can't reason with FANATICS, be they the religious or PETA variety.
"Roy Hobbs" More than 1 year ago
True dat! Notice how she turns from sweet to a Crusader in 20 seconds. LOL
Nicholas Carraway More than 1 year ago
Truer words were never spoken! Is there any hope for the world?
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
Mr. Carraway, you points are inconsequential and unprovable. You are not as witty and bright as you seem to think you are. And you obviously have not made much money during the Triple Crown chase because you are here heckling a horse that, if you had had the forethought to put plenty of money on him, you would be here wishing him good luck instead of throwing barbs at him and his fans. Too bad you lost so much money!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You have again made a false assumption, which seems to have given birth to a few baby false assumptions.True, no one is as witty and bright as they think they are. Those goes for both of us, perhaps. My comment about no horse ever winning "the Belmont Stakes after . . . " was a joke about how racing writers and comment posters--myself included--come up with all kinds of historical angles to predict the outcome of a big race. Sorry you didn't get it. I'll keep trying to make you laugh.
Nicholas Carraway More than 1 year ago
I don't know why the previous comment came up as being from "Anonymous." It was from me, Nicholas Carraway.
Ed Felsen More than 1 year ago
Ha! I like that angle. I guess that I'll throw out the odds on favorite. :-) And thanks for the regiment/regimen clarification. I see they fixed it! My wife has corrected me probably 20 times when I get one or the other wrong. She was a schoolteacher, so she keeps trying to make me a scholar! :-)