I’ll Have Another attempts to become the first Triple Crown winner since 1978 when he starts in Belmont Stakes 2012 on Saturday, June 9, at Belmont Park. He continues to gallop steadily at Big Sandy and appears to be coming up to the biggest race of his life in fine shape.
As many as ten horses are expected to take on the Derby-Preakness winner and the biggest threats, Dullahan and Union Rags, both turned in powerful workouts yesterday.
Dullahan zipped four furlongs in :45.97 at Belmont Park on June 3 and trainer Dale Romans believes that he has the horse to beat in the Test of Champions. The Kentucky Derby show finisher is a 2-time grade one winner.
Union Rags turned in his second bullet work since finishing a troubled 7th on the first Saturday in May. He breezed 5f in :59 at Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland on Sunday and his new rider John Velazquez was impressed with the move. The Michael Matz trainee romped in the G1 Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park last fall.
Bob Baffert will be represented by recent allowance winner Paynter. He breezed seven panels in 1:25 at Belmont on June 3 and might attempt a wire job in the Belmont Stakes.
Other Belmont Stakes hopefuls turning in works recently include Atigun (4f in :48.55), Guyana Star Dweej (4f in :49.06), Ravelo’s Boy (6f in 1:11.80), Street Life (5f in 1:01.15), and Unstoppable U (1:02.05). The latter has only raced twice and might skip the third leg of the Triple Crown.