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I'll Have Another Gets Work Done Early


By Dick Downey

Trying to escape some of the busy-busy atmosphere of the ill-conceived detention barn for Belmont Stakes horses, trainer Doug O’Neill sent I'll Have Another to the track at 5:30 a.m. for his daily jog and gallop.

I'll Have Another was able to get his bath in a calmer surrounding, too.

“It’s been very hectic the last few days, so we thought we would take him out when it’s quieter,” O’Neill said. “The detention barn setup with all 12 of the horses going out at the same time has been a little bit hectic.

"The simple thing of just trying to find a place to bathe your horse has been kind of congested. We thought we would come out early, and it would be quieter. Hopefully he will be back resting in his stall when 8:30 rolls around, and a lot of the hectic activity starts. We want to get him in the quietest frame of mind leading up to the biggest race of his life,” O'Neill said.

The 3-year-old son of Flower Alley had been galloping consistently every morning since May 25; however, O’Neill changed up the routine slightly this morning with an easier gallop following his usual jog, all in company with Lava Man.

“He is fit and ready to go, and we are just trying to let him bring as much energy to the table tomorrow as possible,” O’Neill said. “We thought giving him an easy day the day before would be a good move. He stayed with coach Lava Man just to keep everything off-speed. I was very pleased with it. Perfect. We are ready to roll.”

Saturday's race will be broadcast live on NBC with a post time of 6:40.

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