Triple Crown hopes dashed as “I’ll Have Another” scratches out of Belmont Stakes

By Justine Espersen

Triple Crown contender I’ll Have Another is out of the Belmont Stakes due to a swollen left front tendon.

Trainer Doug O’Neill announced on the “Dean Patrick Show” that I’ll Have Another developed a “little problem” in his left hind leg.

“The horse is sound and happy, but it’s not worth it,” brother of trainer Dennis O’Neill told The Associated Press.

According to CBS News, when asked on the “Dean Patrick Show” if I’ll Have Another raced his last race, Doug O’Neill said, “If I had to wager, I’d have to say yes.”

I’ll Have Another, who won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, was the favorite to win the Belmont Stakes and become the 12th Triple Crown winner since 1978, according to The Associated Press.

“It’s devastating. I thought this was going to be one of the greatest races in history, and I wanted the opportunity to be part of it,” trainer of second favorite Dullahan Dale Romans said. “But this is bigger than that. This is terrible news.”

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