While the lead up to the Belmont Stakes has focused on the preparations of I'll Have Another, the Triple Crown hopeful isn't the only one preparing. Mario Gutierrez, who rode I'll Have Another to wins in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, is going through some special preparations of his own.
Gutierrez will be working with retired Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey to prepare for the Belmont. The two will ride around the Belmont Park track together to help Gutierrez learn the nuances of the track. Bailey is a two-time Belmont winner, first in 1991 with Hansel then again in 2003 with Empire Maker. The practice sessions were set up by I'll Have Another's trainer Doug O'Neill.
Gutierrez is attempting to guide I'll Have Another to the first Triple Crown since 1978.