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.