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I'll Have Another Retired; will lead Belmont Post Parade

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Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I’ll Have Another was withdrawn from Saturday’s 144th running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes and retired, a little more than 24 hours before his attempt to become the first horse in 34 years to win the Triple Crown.

 

In a ceremonial tribute, jockey Mario Gutierrez will be aboard I’ll Have Another as he leads the post parade for the Belmont Stakes (post time 6:40 p.m., NBC 4:30-7 p.m.).

 

Trainer Doug O’Neill said I’ll Have Another had developed a swelling in his left front tendon that was the beginning of tendonitis.

 

“This is extremely tough for all of us. It’s far from tragic but it’s extremely disappointing,” said O’Neill, who described the injury as a “freakish thing” during a 1 p.m. news conference at Belmont Park. “He has been a little quiet the last few days of galloping but his legs have been great. Yesterday he galloped great, but in the afternoon we noticed some loss of definition in his left front leg … we prayed he kind of hit himself and that it was a little bit of skin irritation. We did him up in a special poultice, and this morning he looked great. We did just a little easy gallop with him this morning. I thought he looked great on the track.

 

“Cooling out, you could tell the swelling was back,” he said. “I talked with Mr. [J. Paul] Reddam and immediately we got Dr.  [Jim] Hunt over here. He scanned him and he said it was the start of tendonitis in his [superficial] left front tendon and … you give him three to six months and then start back with him. But obviously, he’s done so much, that it was unanimous to retire him. It’s a bummer, but far from tragic.”

 

O’Neill said I’ll Have Another would return to Hollywood Park either Sunday or Monday.

 

Only two other Derby and Preakness winners were unable to run in the third and final leg of racing’s Triple Crown – Burgoo King in 1932 and Bold Venture in 1936. 

 

Eleven horses have won the Triple Crown, beginning with Sir Barton in 1919 and continuing with Gallant Fox (1930), Omaha (1935), War Admiral (1937), Whirlaway (1941), Count Fleet (1943), Assault (1946), and Citation (1948).

 

In 1973, Secretariat brought the 25-year-long Triple Crown drought to an end. He was joined later that decade by Seattle Slew, the first undefeated Triple Crown winner, and Affirmed, who outdueled Alydar in 1978 to become the most recent Triple Crown winner.

 

I’ll Have Another had been installed as the 4-5 morning-line favorite over 11 other 3-year-olds in the Belmont. Purchased by Reddam as a 2-year-old for $35,000 on the advice of O’Neill’s brother, Dennis, I’ll Have Another was undefeated in 2012, winning the Grade 2 Robert B. Lewis and the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby prior to his dramatic victories over favored Bodemeister in the Derby and Preakness.

 

Dullahan, the third-place finisher in the Derby who had been the second choice for the Belmont, was installed as the new 9-5 favorite.

 

 

 

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I have a friend who WAS flying in from Minnesota, booked a nice hotel in NYC...I venture to say he will be very pissed......That outlay was not cheap
Many people feel the same why, I'm just the only one that will say it. Hate it or not he's had 17 violations and hes going to be suspended. If it was another local trainer they would be kicked out of racing.
wnat to hear a BIG chorus of upset people? I would stay in the barn
First of all, jmac500 is an idiot. You don't sound as though you know anything about horse racing, and you certainly don't know Doug O'neill. Your comments have been both slanderous and toxic, and most of all, ignorant. The game doesn't need people like you, so why don't you get on' back to that portion of the Springer episode you missed while taking the time to share that brilliant comment below.
I know what you mean. This is definitely a thing for people, not the horse. However, I have to say, do you think IHA cares whether he is winning the Triple Crown or an allowance? He is running, and that is what he loves. I feel sorry for racing and his connections for the scratch (not to mention I am heartbroken) but for IHA I am sorry that he will not be able to RUN for a long time now. That's what he loves.
STATEMENT FROM DOCTOR LARRY BRAMLAGE, ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON AND ON-CALL VETERINARIAN FOR THE BELMONT STAKES: “I’ll Have Another’s ability to lead the post parade for tomorrow’s Belmont Stakes is an illustration of the character of his injury. It is absolutely of no concern for sub-maximal exercise, but would be a concern at a mile-and-a-half at full speed. Therefore, I have no concern for his appearance on the racetrack at the head of the Belmont field.”
I too am on the fence, it's kind of a slap in the face for IHA. Letting him lead the post parade, getting him to the point where he thinks he is going to do what he loves to do and then put him back in his stall. I can see where it would be honoring him and his accomplishments, but I also feel like this is just teasing him and it isn't all that fair.
If he was so hurt, why is he leading the post parade.
I'm on the fence about this one. The horse wont know the difference, he'll be all pumped to race and then just walk back to his stall having never even gotten to trot.
Won't IHA think he's going to run? Lava Man would do a great job leading the parade.
The injury is not terrible or life-threatening. IHA's connections are simply exercising caution to ensure his health and safety. Despite my disappointment, I think they made the right decision based on what was right for IHA.

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