(NEW YORK) — I’ll Have Another has been scratched from the Belmont Stakes and will not run for the triple crown on Saturday because of an injury, trainer Doug O’Neill announced at a press conference in Belmont Park Friday.
O’Neill said the 3-year-old champion colt was pulled because of tendonitus in the horse’s left front leg. According to doctors, the horse would take three to six months to recover, which prompted the horse’s owner J. Paul Reddam and O’Neill to instead retire the horse. O’Neill stressed that I’ll Have Another’s injury was not caused by excessive training, instead calling it a “freakish” incident.
I’ll Have Another would have been competing to be the first thoroughbred in 34 years to capture the triple crown. Affirmed was the last horse to win it in 1978.
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