I’ll have Another scratched from Belmont, retired from racing
Posted at: 06/08/2012 11:50 AM
| Updated at: 06/08/2012 1:49 PM
By: RICHARD ROSENBLATT
I'll Have Another, left, with exercise rider Jonny Garcia, accompanied by stablemate Lava Man, trains at Belmont Park, Friday, June 8, 2012 in Elmont, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
NEW YORK (AP) - I'll Have Another's bid for the first Triple Crown in 34 years ended shockingly in the barn and not on the racetrack Friday when the colt was scratched the day before the Belmont Stakes and retired from racing with a swollen tendon.
"It's been an incredible ride, an incredible run," trainer Doug O'Neill said. "It's a bummer. It's not tragic, but it's a huge disappointment."
I'll Have Another, who won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes with stirring stretch drives, was the 4-5 favorite to win the Belmont and become the 12th Triple Crown winner and first since Affirmed in 1978.
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There will be a news conference addressing the announcement at 1 p.m. and NewsChannel 13 will stream it live on WNYT.com.