Winning horse I'll Have Another loses shot at US Triple Crown
Saturday, June 9, 2012
At a Friday press conference, ownerannounced that the thoroughbred was injured and he will not only be removed from the race Saturday but he will be retired from any further racing. The reason I'll Have Another was scratched from the field was because of a swelling in his left front tendon, according to trainer .
I'll Have Another was not the favorite in either the Kentucky Derby or the Preakness Stakes, but he was twice able to pass the leader Mexican jockey ., who was the pace setting horse in both those races, to take the victories. The last race was won in the final lengths. Bodemeister will also not race in the Belmont Stakes Saturday. Before the Kentucky Derby, I'll Have Another won the . All of these races were won with
Dale Romans, who is Dullahan's trainer, reacted to the news, "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." Dullahan raced in this year's Kentucky Derby and took third place.
Only eleven horses have ever won the Triple Crown in the United States. In order to win the Triple Crown, a horse has to race and win the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes. The first Triple Crown winner wasin 1919 and the last was in 1978. The dry spell will continue at least another year — the 34th year without a Triple Crown victory.
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- I'll Have Another pulled from Belmont" — , June 8, 2012. "
- Pia Catton. "A Leg Trips Up the Triple Crown" — , June 8, 2012
- I'll Have Another Scratched from Belmont" — , June 8, 2012. "
- Matt Gardner. "The Triple Crown Winners: From Sir Barton to Affirmed" — , June 6, 2012
- Bob Velin. "I'll Have Another captures Preakness Stakes" — , May 20, 2012