I'll Have Another has relaxed morning after near collision
Trainer Doug O'Neill welcomed an uneventful morning at Belmont Park for I'll Have Another one day after his Triple Crown hopeful narrowly avoided a collision with a loose horse.
The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner took advantage of a newly-implemented designated training time for Belmont Stakes horseswith his typical 1 1/2-mile gallop, the same distance as the race on June 9.
O'Neill says the setting Friday was "awesome" and "cool."
I'll Have Another came close to a frightful accident Thursday after Isleta, a 3-year-old maiden filly, broke free and grazed the boot of exercise rider Jonny Garcia. Hours later, the New York Racing Association set aside a window for Belmont starters, from 8:30-8:45 a.m. ET.
Another horse got away from his handler in the barn area approximately 10 minutes after I'll Have Another returned to his stall.