Triple Crown Hopeful I'll Have Another Retired

I'll Have Another will be declared out of the June 9 Belmont Stakes according to trainer Doug O'Neill in an appearance on the syndicated Dan Patrick ESPN radio show June 8. O'Neill said the colt has a tendon injury that could threaten his racing career.

According to owner Paul Reddam heat was discovered in one of I'll Have Another's legs the afternoon of June 7. Although Reddam added that the colt jogged fine on the morning of June 8, a subsequent scan after his trip to the track showed inflammation and the decision was made to scratch the son of Flower Alley from the Belmont.

I’ll Have Another was going to attempt to become the 12th winner of the Triple Crown at Belmont Park after winning the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and Preakness Stakes. His June 8 gallop occurred at 5:30 in the morning instead of his normal routine of going out at 8:30 with the rest of the Belmont Stakes horses.

A 1 p.m. press conference at Belmont Park has been scheduled with O'Neill and owner Paul Reddam to discuss the status of I'll Have Another. Doug O'Neill's 1 p.m. ET Press Conference to Air Live on NBC Sports Network and Streamed on NBCSports.com.

"While we are obviously disappointed that our show won’t feature I'll Have Another going for the elusive Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes is still an iconic event on the sports schedule, and the NBC Sports Group broadcasts will treat it as such," according to a statement from Adam Freifeld, VP Communications, NBC Sports Group. "We're working now to adjust the game plan accordingly."

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Lenny Shulman

Lenny Shulman is features editor of The Blood-Horse magazine and author of Ride of Their Lives.

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