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Belmont Stakes 2012: Trainer Doug O'Neill: 'I'm Not Planning On Breezing I'll Have Another'

I'll Have Another's trainer Doug O'Neill talked about preparations for the 2012 Belmont Stakes on Wednesday and recounted a discussion he had with 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew's trainer Billy Turner.

That conversation with Turner turned to the subject of breezing.

"I had asked him about breezing, because I'm not planning on breezing I'll Have Another," O'Neill said. "He said he only breezed Seattle Slew twice between the Preakness and Belmont because he needed to take the edge off him, because he was such a high energy horse. As you see I'll Have Another is a pretty mellow horse, really.

"It was a great conversation and I let him know how much I appreciated him sharing his experience with us." (via Blood Horse).

I'll Have Another is trying to become the first horse to win the Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978. Between going to see the Kings and Devils contest for the Stanley Cup and throwing out the first pitch at a Yankees-Mets game, I'll Have Another's crew has a busy schedule off the track while taking it easy on the track before the race.

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