2012 Belmont Stakes: I'll Have Another's Unconventional Training

Here's a good tidbit on I'll Have Another's training for the 2012 Belmont Stakes: Trainer Doug O'Neill will prepare I'll Have Another for his Triple Crown try with strong gallups instead of formal workouts.

It's an unconventional training method, but it could make a big difference given the unique challenge presented by the track at Belmont Park. At 1 1/2 miles, the Belmont Stakes is the longest of the Triple Crown races, and the previous three Triple Crown winners — Secretariat (1973), Seattle Slew (1977) and Affirmed (1978) — all worked at least one mile to prepare for the grueling distance.

O'Neill told the Associated Press that the training suits the style of his horse.

"If anyone got a chance to see him," he said,"he stretches and puts a lot of effort into his gallops."

O'Neill spoke to reporters after flying in from the West Coast to begin Belmont Stakes training, and he seems undeterred by the 45-day suspension he will face from the California racing board after the big race.

The 144th running of the Belmont Stakes will be held at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. on Saturday, June 9.

For more on the world of horse racing, visit And Down The Stretch They Come and stay tuned to this StoryStream.

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