So much for a Triple Crown winner this year.
From ESPN: I'll Have Another's bid for the first Triple Crown in 34 years ended
shockingly in the barn and not on the racetrack Friday when the colt
was scratched the day before the Belmont Stakes and retired with a
"It's been an incredible ride, an incredible
run," trainer Doug O'Neill said. "It's a bummer. It's not tragic, but
it's a huge disappointment."
I'll Have Another, who won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness
Stakes with stirring stretch drives, was the 4-5 favorite to win the
Belmont and become the 12th Triple Crown winner and first since 1978.
he becomes the 12th horse since Affirmed, the last Triple Crown
champion, to win the first two legs but not the Belmont.
scratch marks the first time since Bold Venture in 1936 that the Derby
and Preakness winner didn't run in the Belmont. Burgoo King skipped the
race in 1932.
"Could he run and compete? Yes. Would it be in his best interest? No," O'Neill said.
said the swollen left front tendon was the beginning of tendinitis,
which could have taken six months to treat, and so the popular horse
Well, at least he'll be happy being a stud at the old horse's home.