Gallops keep I'll Have Another sharp

Gallops keep I'll Have Another sharp

Published Jun. 7, 2012 1:00 a.m. ET

Triple Crown contender I'll Have Another turned in another strong gallop as he prepares for the Belmont Stakes on Saturday.

On a sunny Thursday morning, the colt again went once around the oval, duplicating the 1-1/2 miles of the race.

''He had a really good day of training,'' trainer Doug O'Neill said. ''He showed good energy, and he cooled out really well. I'm very happy with where we are two days out.''

Like all the other horses in the race, I'll Have Another has already concluded his serious training. The mission for trainers is to keep their horses keen and ready with gallops rather than timed workouts that emphasize speed.


Some horses will also get paddock schooling to familiarize them with the saddling area. Belmont contenders Street Life, Dullahan, Paynter and Union Rags all spent time in the paddock during the live racing card Thursday.