05/25/2012 12:08PM

Belmont Stakes 2012: I’ll Have Another shows good energy in gallop

Susie Raisher/NYRA
I'll Have Another, with exercise rider Humberto Gomez up, gallops one mile in the rain on Friday at Belmont Park.

ELMONT, N.Y. – I’ll Have Another, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, went for a one-mile gallop in the rain Friday morning at Belmont Park where on June 9, in the Belmont Stakes, he will attempt to become Thoroughbred racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner.

Friday marked the first day I’ll Have Another galloped since his neck victory over Bodemeister in the Preakness Stakes on May 18. He returned to the track Wednesday and jogged for two days.

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I’ll Have Another came onto the main track accompanied by his stable pony, Lava Man. Shortly after he came onto the track, it began to rain heavily, but it didn’t seem to faze I’ll Have Another.

Under exercise rider Humberto Gomez, I’ll Have Another left Lava Man at the six-furlong pole and broke into a gallop. While kept beyond the center of the spacious Belmont main track – which would have been labeled good – I’ll Have Another gradually picked up the pace and displayed good energy as he came through the stretch. He was pulled up at the 1 1/4-miles pole, joined up with Lava Man, and then walked back to barn 9, which is about 50 yards from the gap.

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JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
I'll Have Another looks great galloping out at the track. IHA is doing his job well and correctly, too bad NYRA is trying their best to impede I'll Have Another doing that on June 9th. They should show some sense and let IHA have his breathing strip for the race.
R. Carlos Nanez More than 1 year ago
I hope O'Neill don't baby IHA too much and go on train this horse like he should for a mile and half. I saw a lot of them( trainers) give the horse too many days off after the Preakness and then come up empty in the Belmont. I remember in the old days of Elliot Burch, Woody Stephen, all great trainers, they would run in The Met Handicap before the Belmont and a strong 5/8 three days before the race with great susses.
Roy Sankar More than 1 year ago
to me he looked a little off ...definitely looks tired ...i see him running 3rd in the belmont ...
raymond More than 1 year ago
I don't know what you was watching, Roy. But from where I was standing this guy could'nt be doing any better. I can say that I thought he was very very strong and wanting to do more, but because of his professionalism and ability to understand what it is that is expected of him he went along in a manner which suggests he is absolutely loving what he is doing. Although he wanted to do more Berto allowed him to settle quite comfortably. Good hands Berto, bless you for your patience and understanding.
Ryan Soriano More than 1 year ago
Nice. Great move having him there early hope the track stays fair.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Too late for that ?
littlelouis99 More than 1 year ago
as gomer used to say "shazzam!" boy o boy does iha look great in this video,another 15 days till he runs,how much of a monster will he look by racetime?
John More than 1 year ago
Did he have his nasal strip on?
James Singer More than 1 year ago
And if they're both happy, I'm happy.
Frank More than 1 year ago
Congrats to DRF for posting this. More please!
Kalar Walters More than 1 year ago
Glad to hear he doesn't mind the rain. :D Wonder if mud in his face will be a problem? I sure hope it's a pretty day June 9. Found a really cute clip of Lava Man 'after work.' It's not long. Thought you folks might enjoy it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GESVqzDQEuM&feature=player_embedded
Kalar Walters More than 1 year ago
Dagnabbit. That link is screwy. This one should work: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=GESVqzDQEuM
Chantal Smithless More than 1 year ago
LOVED that video!!!! There was also another cute one there of Lava Man "dancing" for carrots. Thanks for sharing this!