Everyone’s favorite horse, I’ll Have Another, was scratched from Saturday’s Belmont Stakes race. He won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. It’s been 34 years since Affirmed won the triple crown in 1978.
I’ll Have Another’s trainer reported the 3-year-old colt had the beginning of tendonitis in his left front leg. This was noticed during an early morning run when he seemed to have problems with the leg. The injury didn’t necessarily have to end the horse’s career, but the decision was made to retire the horse. This makes I’ll Have Another only the third horse to scratch the Belmont Stakes after winning the first two races in the Triple Crown.
During a press conference, J. Paul Reddam said, “We have to do what’s best for the horse, and if he can’t compete at the top level he’s done enough. I’m afraid history is going to have to wait for another day.”