ARCADIA, Calif. (June 5, 2012)—Santa Anita Park is the place to be this Saturday, as Santa Anita Derby winner I’ll Have Another seeks to become Thoroughbred racing’s first Triple Crown winner in 34 years by winning the mile and one half Belmont Stakes in New York.
“We are all at the threshold of something special,” said Santa Anita President George Haines. “This is obviously a very special horse and if he wins, it’s not only huge for the sport, but it’s huge for the Santa Anita Derby and all of us here at Santa Anita. Should he win, he would join the legendary Affirmed, who won the 1978 Santa Anita Derby, and he would thus become the 12th Triple Crown winner in history.
“Our fans are excited, our employees are excited and we’re going to put on a great show here on Saturday. If I’ll Have Another wins, I think it’s safe to say that people will remember for many years where they were at that moment in time and we certainly hope many of them will remember being right here at Santa Anita with family and friends. Win, lose or draw, it’s going to be a great day,” Haines added.