Tempting history, trainer Doug O’Neill plans to send Triple Crown hopeful I’ll Have Another into the June 9 Belmont Stakes off gallops alone, with no official workouts.
Each of the past three Triple Crown winners had at least two workouts between the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes. So what makes I’ll Have Another so different from Secretariat, Seattle Slew and Affirmed?
"He puts a lot of effort into his gallops," O’Neill said Sunday at his opening press conference since arriving in New York from California. "So if all goes well, he’ll maintain that right up to the race. There will be a lot of days when I’ll Have Another, strictly galloping, will pass workers. He gallops like an average horse works.
"So the amount of energy he puts into his daily exercise is the reason why an official workout isn’t important, in my mind."
The past two horses to try for the Triple Crown, Smarty Jones and Big Brown, each worked just once after the Preakness.