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Belmont Stakes 2012: I'll Have Another Gallops At Belmont Park, Gets Praise From Affirmed Jockey

For the second straight day Saturday, the Triple Crown hopeful I'll Have Another galloped on the track of Belmont Park. Preparing for the Belmont Stakes, June 9, I'll Have Another looked good in the sunshine.

"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."

The workout came on the heels of a special event at Belmont Park, which featured Hall of Fame jockey Steve Cauthen signing autographs. Cauthen was the jockey who rode Affirmed, the last Triple Crown winner, to a victory in 1978

Cauthen was asked about I'll Have Another, and he admitted he's been impressed by the horse:

“He’s relaxed, he’s a fighter, and he’s got that desire to win,” said Cauthen of I’ll Have Another. “There’s no reason he won’t get 1 ½ miles as well as anybody else in the race, especially because of his relaxed nature.”

Since 1978, 11 horses have had a chance to win the Triple Crown, but all of them have failed to complete the accomplishment at the Belmont.

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