Under bright and sunny skies, Triple Crown hopeful I'll Have Another had a second energetic gallop over Belmont Park's main track Saturday morning as he continues preparations for the June 9 Belmont Stakes.
As he did on Friday, the chestnut son of Flower Alley went to the track accompanied by his stable pony, Lava Man, and galloped just under a mile with exercise rider Humberto Gomez in the irons. As he passed by the grandstand, I'll Have Another received a big round of applause from the "Breakfast at Belmont" fans lined up along the rail.
Afterward, with clear blue skies and the sun shining for the first time all week, I'll Have Another was treated to his first full head-to-tail soapy bath since arriving from Pimlico on Sunday.
"We did exactly the same as we did yesterday, the only thing different was the sunshine -- it's been a beautiful morning here at Belmont," said trainer Doug O'Neill's assistant, Jack Sisterson. "Obviously, he could tell the sun was out. He went fantastic over the track again this morning. So far, so good."
O'Neill is scheduled to be on hand Sunday to personally supervise the remainder of the Belmont preparations for J. Paul Reddam's colt, who is bidding to become racing's 12th Triple Crown winner and first since Affirmed won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont in 1978.
The 1 1/2-mile Belmont has since tripped up 11 Triple Crown hopefuls, most recently Big Brown in 2008.