Wednesday, June 06 2012
QUOTES AND DRAW SHEET FROM THE POST POSITION DRAW FOR THE 144th BELMONT STAKES
ELMONT, N.Y. – Following are quotes from the connections of the 12 horses entered in Saturday’s 144th running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park:
I’ll Have Another (post position 11, 4-5 odds)
Trainer Doug O’Neill: “It’s been an unbelievable ride, and I think we’ve just stayed focused on the whole journey because of the great I’ll Have Another. I have obviously got caught up in some other issues on the side and got cleared of any wrongdoing, still kind of goofy a little bit. But everything’s going good and we every day give thanks to be part of the I’ll Have Another team.”
MY ADONIS EXPECTED TO JOIN BELMONT STAKES FIELD
ELMONT, N. Y. – I'll Have Another will have an additional rival in Saturday's 144th running of the Belmont Stakes as he tries to become the first Triple Crown winner in 34 years.
George and Lori Hall, the connections of 2011 Belmont Stakes winner Ruler On Ice, said Tuesday that My Adonis, most recently third in the Canonero II Stakes at Pimlico on Preakness day, May 19, would be lining up for the 1 ½-mile Belmont, the final leg of the Triple Crown. Ramon Dominguez is expected to ride.
LUKAS TAKEN TO AREA HOSPITAL AFTER BEING KICKED AT BARN
ELMONT, N.Y. – Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who will saddle Optimizer in Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes, was taken to Winthrop University Hospital in nearby Mineola Tuesday afternoon after one of his horses reared up and struck him on top of his head.
“I don’t need this on Belmont week, but I guess these things happen,” Lukas said from the hospital. “I will be fine, it’s just a matter of getting it cleaned up. I fully expect to be at the track tomorrow.”
BELMONT PARK NOTES: Tuesday, June 5, 2012
ELMONT, N.Y. – Triple Crown hopeful I’ll Have Another’s move to the Belmont Stakes barn will now take place Wednesday, trainer Doug O’Neill said after the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner had another energetic gallop at Belmont Park this morning.
O’Neill had hoped to have I’ll Have Another transferred from Mark Hennig’s barn, where he has been since May 20, into the stakes barn well in advance of Wednesday’s noon deadline for all the contenders in Saturday’s 144th running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes. O’Neill, who visited with newly arrived jockey Mario Gutierrez this morning, said the switch would take place tomorrow so as not to conflict with his schedule.
Tuesday, June 05 2012
BELMONT PARK NOTES; Monday, June 4, 2012
ELMONT, N.Y. – I’ll Have Another, who on Saturday will bid to become racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner in the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes, had his usual 1 ½-mile tour of Belmont Park’s oval this morning, walking and jogging alongside stable pony Lava Man before galloping through the lane.
“[Exercise rider] Jonny Garcia, who gets on him, thought he felt great, so we were very happy with his training today,” said trainer Doug O’Neill, who added that I’ll Have Another will move into the Belmont Stakes barn on Tuesday after training. All the starters in the 144th Belmont are required to be in the stakes barn by noon on Wednesday.
Sunday, June 03 2012
BELMONT PARK FLASH WORKOUT TIMES – BELMONT STAKES CONTENDERS – SUNDAY, JUNE 3
Atigun – Two furlongs in 24.30, official work of four furlongs breezing in 48.55, gallop out five furlongs in 1:01.63
Dullahan – Two furlongs in 22.20, official work of four furlongs breezing in 45.97, gallop out five furlongs in 58.91
BELMONT PARK NOTES; Saturday, June 2, 2012
ELMONT, N.Y. – First on the track at 8:30 a.m. during the special time slot set aside for Belmont Stakes contenders, Triple Crown hopeful I’ll Have Another had an easy gallop around the dogs over a sloppy, sealed Belmont Park oval Saturday morning.
Cones were set eight feet from the rail for the training session, which saw a number of Belmont hopefuls jogging and galloping in preparation for the 1 ½-mile “Test of the Champion” on Saturday, June 9.
Saturday, June 02 2012
BELMONT PARK NOTES: June 1, 2012
ELMONT, N.Y. – With Belmont Park’s vast oval practically to himself, Triple Crown hopeful I’ll Have Another had his customary 1 ½-mile jog and gallop Friday morning as trainer Doug O’Neill continued to express pleasure with the way the colt is coming into the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes on June 9.
Along with several other contenders for the 1 ½-mile “Test of the Champion,” I’ll Have Another went to the track at 8:30 a.m. during a special 15-minute slot reserved for Belmont Stakes hopefuls. Coming on shortly thereafter Paynter, Atigun, Unstoppable U, Five Sixteen and Guyana Star Dweeb, followed by Dullahan and Street Life.
Thursday, May 31 2012
ALPHA WILL SKIP BELMONT STAKES AFTER DEVELOPING A FEVER
ELMONT, N.Y. – Godolphin Racing’s Alpha will miss the June 9 Belmont Stakes after developing a fever, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said Thursday.
“He spiked a temperature on Tuesday evening,” McLaughlin said. “103. He was fine by 11 p.m. that evening after treatment, fine yesterday, and he’s fine today, but it’s too high a temperature too close to the race. It’s unfortunate.”
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.
Monday, May 28 2012
BELMONT PARK NOTES: Monday, May 28, 2012
ELMONT, N.Y. – Triple Crown hopeful I’ll Have Another put in a fourth solid gallop over Belmont Park’s main track Monday morning as Team O’Neill began planning some extracurricular activities during the lead up to the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes on June 9.
As I’ll Have Another is scheduled to do each day before the 1 ½-mile “Test of the Champion,” the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner went to the track shortly after the renovation break, jogged a half-mile and galloped a mile.
BELMONT PARK NOTES: Sunday, May 27, 2012
ELMONT, N.Y. – With trainer Doug O’Neill looking on, Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I’ll Have Another had another routine morning at Belmont Park, jogging four furlongs and galloping seven furlongs over a wet main track under exercise rider Humberto Gomez as he continued preparations for the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes on June 9.
“He just skipped over [the track],” said O’Neill, speaking at his first daily press briefing after arriving from California earlier in the morning. “He looked great. The first couple of days we were at Pimlico the track had a light seal on it, so he skipped over that as well. It didn’t seem to bother him at all.