Wednesday, May 30 2012

BELMONT PARK NOTES: Wednesday, May 30, 2012

ELMONT, N.Y. – After watching Triple Crown hopeful I’ll Have Another gallop Wednesday morning over Belmont Park’s main track, trainer Doug O’Neill recounted a conversation he had outside the barn with Billy Turner, trainer of 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew.

“We spoke for 30-40 minutes,” said O’Neill. “What a great man and a cool guy! He gave us a lot of helpful tips on how to prepare our guy for the big one. The one thing Billy said was … having the horse here earlier than later is a big edge. The fact that we’re here is huge. We talked about how not only do jockeys need to kind of figure out the oval, but horses do as well. Between the surface and the horses getting used to the oval, the earlier you’re here, the better.

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