06/05/2012 11:27AM

Belmont Stakes 2012: I'll Have Another will not move to detention barn until Wednesday


ELMONT, N.Y. - I'll Have Another  will not move to the stakes barn, a detention barn for horses running in Saturday's Belmont Stakes, until Wednesday, just before the deadline, trainer Doug O'Neill said Tuesday at Belmont Park.

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O'Neill was desirous of moving into the stakes barn as soon as possible, and had hoped to move in Monday, but the barn was not ready for new occupants then. On Tuesday, O'Neill was obligated to attend a media luncheon in Manhattan. He said he wanted to be present for when I'll Have Another is moved, so the timing of the luncheon interfered with a planned Tuesday move. As a result, he will now wait until Wednesday.

O'Neill said that Lava Man, the former racehorse who is a stable pony for I'll Have Another, will not go to the detention barn. O'Neill said Lava Man does not react as well to change as I'll Have Another, and he was concerned the move, so close to the Belmont Stakes, would be "too nerve-wracking for him."