Some of the biggest contenders at the 2012 Belmont Stakes are posting impressive workouts in the week before the race. Dullahan, Paynter and Union Rags all ran various distances on Sunday in preparation for Saturday's big race. I'll Have Another, the horse gunning for the first Triple Crown victory since 1978, is taking things a bit easier so far.
The Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner went for his usual gallop on Sunday. He was also taken to the paddock where he'll be saddled before the race to get acquainted. His trainer Doug O'Neill was happy with what he saw on Sunday, claiming that I'll Have Another "continues his great energy and great stride, and I'm very happy with the way he looked today.''
Dullahan, the second favorite to win the race, ran four furlongs on Sunday. Union Rags ran five furlongs, while Paynter did a longer run at seven furlongs.
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