“I’ll Have Another” Withdraws From Belmont Stakes, No Triple Crown This Year
Horse racing fans got a punch in the gut Friday morning.
Just as everyone was starting to get really excited for the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, with the possibility of seeing a horse win the Triple Crown for the first time since 1978, we got some terrible news: I’ll Have Another has been pulled from the race.
In case you’ve been living under a rock, the Canadian-owned horse entered the Kentucky Derby a 15-1 long shot, but won both that race and the Preakness.
However, this morning the horse’s trainer, Dan O’Neill went on the The Dan Patrick Show and confirmed the news to the world. Apparently I’ll Have Another has a swollen tendon in his foot that just won’t go away.
“We ain’t taking any chances,” O’Neill explained. “There are people who are going to want to slap me around, but I have to do what’s best for the horse.”
Obviously, no one wants to see the horse get hurt. The sport certainly doesn’t need another Barbaro (who won the Kentucky Derby in 2006, then shattered his leg at the Preakness two weeks later). But there hasn’t been a superstar horse in a long time, and I’m sure just about everyone who stood to benefit financially from the notoriety a Triple Crown winner would have brought will be crying in their beers tonight.
Hat Tip – [NESN]