Triple Crown Hopeful, I’ll Have Another, Out Of Belmont Stakes
I’ll Have Another has been scratched from this year’s Belmont Stakes this Saturday, ending its bid to become the first Triple Crown winner in 34 years.
Earlier Friday, a spokesman for trainer Doug 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.