I’ll Have Another Scrapped From The Belmont Stakes, Dashes Triple Crown Hopes

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Jun. 8 2012, Published 1:30 p.m. ET

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By Debbie Emery - Reporter

The horse racing world’s dreams of a Triple Crown winner for the first time in 34 years were dashed when favorite I’ll Have Another was pulled from Saturday’s Belmont Stakes.

The three-year-old colt, who had set the race track alive with his spectacular wins at the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness last month, is suffering from a very untimely case of tendonitis and most likely will never race again, his trainer Doug O’Neill announced on the Dan Patrick radio show on Friday.

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“It’s just a freakish thing,” revealed O’Neill, when explaining how the thoroughbred had returned from training with a swollen left fore leg, possibly from straining or hyper-extending himself. “It's not tragic, but it's a huge disappointment.

“I'm bummed we're not participating,” he added. “Whoever wins (the Belmont) will be a special horse.”

After winner the first two legs of the historic Triple Crown, I’ll Have Another was the 4-5 favorite in the Belmont, New York race. If he had won he would have been the first horse to achieve the impressive feat since Affirmed in 1978.

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When asked if he thought his beloved champion has run his last race, O’Neill said: “If I had to wager … I would say yes.

“It was a unanimous decision to retire him,” he explained.


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