June 8th, 2012
12:34 PM ET

I'll Have Another scratched from Belmont, ending Triple Crown bid

[Updated at 12:34 p.m. ET] The racehorse I'll Have Another has been scratched from Saturday's Belmont Stakes, ending its bid to become the first Triple Crown winner in 34 years, a spokesman for trainer Doug O'Neill confirmed Friday.

Earlier Friday, O'Neill told the "Dan Patrick Show" that I'll Have Another was out, citing swelling in one of the horse's legs.

“I’ll Have Another is officially out of the Belmont," O'Neill told the radio show. "He galloped great yesterday, and in the afternoon he had a little bit of swelling in his left front leg.

“This morning, he looked perfect. I took him out and I just did a little something with him. After training, that swelling came back.

"I had the vet come over. He scanned his left front leg. He’s got the start of tendinitis going on in that front leg, so he’s not 100%. And we ain’t taking any chances."

O'Neill told the show that he didn't know how the horse became injured.

“Pulling him out, it’s not tragic, but it’s a huge disappointment. (I’m) just so disappointed for the horse, obviously, and … the whole team.

News of the withdrawal comes after O'Neill sent the horse out to the Belmont Park track for earlier-than-usual training Friday morning - jogging a half-mile and galloping a mile, starting at 5:30 a.m., according to a New York Racing Association story on the Belmont Stakes website.

Before the withdrawal, the horse's owner, Paul Reddam, told CNN on Friday morning that preparations were going well.

Had the horse won the Belmont, it would have been the first Triple Crown winner since 1978, when Affirmed won the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes.

I'll Have Another won the first two races this year, but wasn't the favorite for either. Before Friday's withdrawal, oddsmakers said the horse was favored to win the Belmont at odds of 4-5, according to the New York Racing Association.

Since 1990, only seven horses have won the first two legs of the title.

I'll Have Another was "lightly raced" and only competed in two prep races leading up to the Kentucky Derby, which happened in May. The horse competed in the shadow of Bodemeister, which was predicted to win the Kentucky Derby.

High stakes, long race at Triple Crown's Belmont

The time leading up to the Belmont Stakes has not been without controversy. A workers strike at Belmont Park was averted this week.

The racetrack's workers, who manage the grounds and put the horses in the gate, have been involved in a contract dispute with the New York Racing Association over wages and health care since 2010.

Also, I'll Have Another's trainer is to begin a 45-day suspension, handed down by the California horse-racing authorities, on July 1.

O'Neill was found responsible for high carbon dioxide levels in 2010 California Del Mar track racer Argenta's blood. However, he was not found guilty of "intentional acts" or any sign that betting was skewed toward Argenta in the race.

Despite that, O'Neill still was able to participate in the Stakes this weekend.

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  1. pat carr

    only on the clown news network is this rubbish Front Page News

    June 8, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • a LOT sad

      pat carr

      only on the clown news network is this rubbish Front Page News

      June 8, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply

      Seriously dude – the potential for the first Triple Crown in 34 years was a bright spot in a pretty bad news week for a lot of people.

      Sorry it doesn't meet your high standards.

      June 8, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • JN

      You're clueless, check out every news outlet right now and it's front page news....case in point...
      http://www.foxnews.com/

      June 8, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. a LOT sad

    So sad!

    June 8, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. riamb60

    I was hoping for a triple crown, this horse had such a good chance to win the Belmont stakes.
    I hope the horse had 24/7 security, there are a lot of crazy people around the barn that can harm horses purposely.

    June 8, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. mlong

    Glad they pulled the horse and put it's well being first.

    June 8, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. rudix

    who care ...the top of the news? how about more impotent stuff?

    June 8, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • CuredOfApathy

      This comment is irrelevant to this thread. If the topic is of no interest to you... read something else.

      June 8, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • james

      Viewership and interest for a possible triple crown winner is through the roof.....NEWS ! It's amazing, finally some news that does not involve eating faces, murder and war...and you dont want it ?

      June 8, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • WS

      Based on your idiotic opinion and comment, I'm guessing you're the one who's "impotent"...

      June 8, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • WS

      @Rudix - Based on your idiotic opinion and comment, I'm guessing you're the one who's "impotent"...

      June 8, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Freespirit

      You're an idiot to write such a thing. This was a huge moment in racing and sports history that is now not going to come about.

      June 8, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • catypillrgirl

      I feel bad for the horse and the jockey, but the reality is that this trainer and this owner did not deserve a triple crown win.

      June 8, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • srd24

      Perhaps you'd like to read some articles on proper spelling instead?

      June 8, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sduggan

    This was a horse that many could identify with...The one who tries their best but never gets noticed...And he did what he had to be noticed with pride ....
    I am not a big horse racing fan, but I love this horse and hope the owner recognizes what a good horse he is and lets him go out to pasture, have fun and pass on his gift to run against the odds...

    June 8, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sinfully Yours

      "And he did what he had to be noticed with pride ...."

      You being given drugs to be noticed gives you pride?!

      June 8, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sinfully Yours

    Next stop...Elmer's Glue Factory!

    June 8, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • whatever

      Nonsense, he'll be retired out to stud for the rest of his natural life. Nice work if you can get it.

      June 8, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Nwvotes

    I'll Have Another not racing in the Belmont stakes. Do you think he could have been a triple crown winner if he was racing? Vote at Nationwidevotes.com

    June 8, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. CuredOfApathy

    This post is irrelevant to this thread's topic.

    June 8, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
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  11. hvan62

    You can lead a horse to water but the grass is always greener when you cross at the green!

    June 8, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mookie

    What the hell does that have to do with horse racing. You might want to check the "rant" section of Craigslist next time.

    June 8, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    They pulled the horse but not the trainer for doping when the horse won the Preakness, interesting. But I think it's only fair to other trainers and owners the horse was pulled and if he doesn't run again, trust me he'll produce some offsprings for a lot of money.

    June 8, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. nokoolaidcowboy

    Why is rudix coming in here looking for news on his impotency?

    June 8, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. psbfla

    Bravo to the trainer for pulling this grand animal out of the race. Had he not made that decision "I'll Have Another", like so many others, could have wound up as another tragedy on the track.

    June 8, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
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