So much for a Triple Crown, USA Today has reported that I’ll Have Another has withdrawn from Saturday’s Belmont Stakes after an injury to his left front tendon. It ends his bid to become the first Triple Crown winner in 34 years.
Don’t look now but the number of viewers has just decreased dramatically as no one cares now that history is not going to be made.
Trainer Paul O’Neill and owner J. Paul Reddam showed the horse was not crippled and they noticed the swelling this morning.
I’ll Have Another was trying to replace Affirmed as the last horse to win the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont.
According to USAToday, O’Neill said the chestnut colt had been a “little quiet” the last few days. The injury was first noticed Thursday when the team noticed a loss of definition in his left front leg after he galloped. After applying a special poultice, I’ll Have Another was back to the track early Friday morning.
“We did just an easy gallop with him around the track and cooling out you could tell the swelling was back,” O’Neill said after showing off the colt to the media at the press conference.
He said the injury was diagnosed the start of tendonitis in his left front tendon and that prompted the unanimous decision to retire I’ll Have another.
“It’s far from tragic, but it is disappointing,” O’Neill said.
“It’s been an incredible ride and incredible run,” he said. “I know we are going to be back here again. It’s just a freakish thing.
I’ll Have Another was the 12th horse since Affirmed who won the Kentucky Derby andPreakness Stakes but did not win the Belmont Stakes.
The colt, bought by J. Paul Reddam for $35,000 was considered to be worth about $6 million after the Preakness win. Only plunging breeding prices kept him from being more valuable.