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I'll Have Another Scratched From Belmont

I'll Have Another's trainer announced on the Dan Patrick Show that the Triple Crown hopeful was scratched from the Belmont Stakes.

A tendon injury has reportedly derailed I'll Have Another's bid for the Triple Crown. The colt's trainer Doug O'Neill announced the news Friday on the Dan Patrick Show.

"I'll Have Another is officially out of the Belmont," O'Neill said on the show. "It's not tragic, but it's a huge disappointment."

I'll Have Another was on track to become racing's first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed's ride to glory in 1978.

According to the Bleacher Report, O'Neill has scheduled a press conference for Friday at 1 p.m. EST in front of Barn 2.

Dennis O'Neill, trainer Doug O'Neill's brother, told the AP the horse galloped Friday morning but the tendon seemed "kind of tender" after a veterinary scan.

O'Neill told the wire service "the horse is sound and happy, but it's not worth it."

Patch's Larry Stewart  who splashed onto the scene starting with wins at the . I’ll Have Another went off at odds of 43-1 in that race.

, the  and the Preakness, making I’ll Have Another the 3-5 favorite to win the Belmont. It is the first time the horse had been favored.

Check Patch for updates as this story unfolds.

Jonathan Friedman June 08, 2012 at 04:13 PM
That really stinks. Hopefully, he'll recover quickly and be racing in the big ones this summer. Maybe skipping the Belmont and winning the Travers can be considered a sort-of Triple Crown.
Natalie Ragus (Editor) June 08, 2012 at 04:33 PM
A consolation prize? I think he might be retired, though, at least, that's the rumor. I'm so incredibly disappointed. My heart literally dropped. I remember watching that horse win the Santa Anita Derby and SP editor Kristen placing a bet on him because of his name. Man. We really got attached to that horse.

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