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Belmont Stakes 2012: Doug O'Neill Confident About I'll Have Another

On Saturday, I'll Have Another will have a chance to complete the first Triple Crown in horse racing since Affirmed accomplished the feat in 1978. Only a win at the Belmont Stakes shy of the first crown in 34 years, it's understandable that everyone involved with the horse may have a bit of anxiety over the next couple of days. However, that will not be the case with I'll Have Another's trainer, Doug O'Neill.

Despite the fact that I'll Have Another won't be participating in a full workout prior to the Stakes, O'Neill has said that he has seen enough to know that the horse is ready.

Courtesy of Racing Daily Form:

"I wouldn't be so upright if the horse wasn't doing so good. He's doing well. He's eating good. He looks well ... I'm very confident. Not cocky or arrogant, but confident."

To put it simply, O'Neill understands what it will take to complete the Triple Crown at the Belmont.

"He's four more good gallops away from making history," O'Neill said.

For more on the Belmont and Triple Crown, check out this SB Nation Cleveland story stream, or this story stream.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.