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2012 belmont stakes

A Horse Co-Owned by the Steinbrenners Almost Crashed Into I’ll Have Another

Kentucky Derby, and Preakness winner I'll Have Another is ridden by exercise trainer Humberto Gomez at Belmont Park on May 21, 2012 in Elmont, New York. I'll Have Another, last week.

I'll Have Another is set to run in the Belmont Stakes a week from Saturday, where he'll have a chance to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. But he had a close today when another horse almost crashed into him during training hours at Belmont Park. Via the Times, I'll Have Another was walking a few feet off the outer rail when Isleta, a three-year-old filly co-owned by the Steinbrenner family's Kinsman Stable, dumped her rider and ran through the opening between I'll Have Another and the rail.

According to the Daily Racing Form, I'll Have Another was not touched, though the Times quotes Doug O'Neill, I'll Have Another's trainer, as saying that Isleta grazed the boot of I'll Have Another's exercise rider. I'll Have Another completed his training without issue, though O'Neill was apparently still shaken up when he spoke with reporters. Said the trainer: "I’m still a little twisted by it. I’ve seen accidents happen before. Fortunately, everything worked out fine."

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