I'll Have Another Drops Out of Belmont Stakes

Trainer Doug O'Neill cites tendonitis

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 8, 2012 11:25 AM CDT

(Newser) – I'll Have Another's Triple Crown hopes have been dashed: The horse won't race in the Belmont Stakes, his trainer says. Following the horse's outing this morning, Doug O'Neill spotted swelling. "He has the start of some tendonitis in the left front leg," O'Neill told Dan Patrick. The trainer can't explain what caused the trouble. "It’s just a freakish thing," he says. "I’ll Have Another is officially out of the Belmont."

He becomes the 12th horse since 1978 to fall short of the Triple Crown after Preakness and Kentucky Derby wins, the New York Post notes. But outside of the "huge" Triple Crown disappointment, I'll Have Another is doing fine, O'Neill says; the horse will be displayed to the media at a 1pm ET press conference.

I'll Have Another walks in the barn after a morning workout at Belmont Park, Friday, June 8, 2012 in Elmont, NY.
I'll Have Another walks in the barn after a morning workout at Belmont Park, Friday, June 8, 2012 in Elmont, NY.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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