I’ll Have Another out of the Belmont!

Kentucky Derby and Preakness Winner I'll Have Another was scratched from the Belmont Stakes and retired from racing.
Kentucky Derby and Preakness Winner I’ll Have Another was scratched from the Belmont Stakes and retired from racing

I’ll Have Another, who had energized racing fans with his bid for the Triple Crown has been scratched from the Belmont and retired from racing after being diagnosed with tendonitis.

The sad news came today at a press conference at 1:00 p.m. EST. According to The Paulick Report:

O’Neill said he noticed a “lack of definition in the left front leg” yesterday and wrapped his leg overnight. The trainer gave I’ll Have Another an easy gallop around the track this morning. “He trained great this morning,” said O’Neill. “Could he run and compete? Yes. Would it be in his best interests? No.”

Veternarian Dr. Larry Bramlage told the Paulick Report it was an early diagnosis of tendonitis to the superficial flexor tendon of the left front. He described it as not severe.

Many racing fans hoped that I’ll Have Another would be the first Triple Crown winner in 34 years.

3 thoughts on “I’ll Have Another out of the Belmont!

  1. what a shame. such a disappointment but the horse is okay and thats the main thing. He could have race and not know about the tendonities and made things worse. so for him its a good thing. many of us want to see another triple crown winner but iam glad to see people putting the horse first.

    1. I agree on all points. I was really looking forward to the race but am glad that the owner and trainers are putting the horse’s welfare first.

  2. *sigh*
    I am sorry we won’t see him run. I am glad they pulled him.
    I can’t imagine a breakdown in the stretch. Devastating for the horse and for racing.

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