Here's a look at what some media outlets are saying about I'll Have Another and his shot at the first
* Dick Jerardi of the Philadelphia Daily News says the speed numbers of
When I'll Have Another had to run faster than he ever had to win [
The mile and a half Belmont is 550 yards longer than the Preakness. There is really no way to know which
If I'll Have Another manages to run a similar figure he ran Saturday, can anybody beat him?
Yahoo! Sports columnist Pat Forde believes I’ll Have Another’s bid at a Triple Crown will end the same way so many have ended. With the way modern horse racing is,
The bottom line is this: only 11 horses have won the Triple Crown for good reason – it's hard to do. And given the state of modern thoroughbreds, the task is harder now than ever.
It will take a superlative animal to do it. I'll Have Another is a great story, but probably not a great enough horse to win the Belmont. The Triple Crown tease seems destined to continue.
Tom Pedulla of
cites former jockey Steve Cauthen, the last rider to win a Triple Crown, who says I’ll Have Another has the heart and drive to get it done at the
. The storyline on jockey
draws a likeness to
, he says:
"Affirmed got it because he is tough and has heart. This horse is tough and has heart," Cauthen said. "When the battle is enjoined, it looks like he enjoys it."
Cauthen, who grabbed the national spotlight at 18, observes other similarities in the story lines.
"They found this new kid like me in the day," he said. "They believed in him, and he can ride. He obviously fits the horse, and the horse responds to him."
* The Louisville Courier-Journal's Eric Crawford says that while I'll Have Another's story is incredible, the controversy surrounding him will only intensify as the Belmont approaches.
The I'll Have Another team could be walking into a media circus, and O'Neill knows it. He responded to a question about how he'll handle the increased scrutiny with a quick quip:
"There's a good chance I might change my phone number. But it's one of those (situations) that I'm just so proud of this horse. Like Mario said, it's all about the horse. The horse is way up here. We just take care of him. We love him, and it's all about the horse. Any attention on me I just want to deflect and just focus on the Reddams and their horse and the Belmont."
* Joe Drape of the
Mostly, however, I'll Have Another will need some luck. He needs to stay healthy and comfortable. He needs to be ready to face as many as 12 rivals.
Among the likely competitors are the Derby's third-place finisher,