I'll Have Another Scratched From Belmont Stakes, Will Be Retired

Thanks to an injury, there will be no Triple Crown in 2012, and I'll Have Another's racing career is over.

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I'll Have Another's Retirement Ceremony Televised Before Belmont Stakes

To everyone's surprise on Friday afternoon, I'll Have Another's trainer Doug O'Neill announced that the colt would not be running in the Belmont Stakes for a shot at the Triple Crown and would retire. I'll Have Another led the morning parade and will also be honored with a retirement ceremony before the actual race takes place.

On Saturday, I'll Have Another's grooms will lead him to the paddock shortly after the conclusion of the Woodford Reserve Manhattan (5:37 p.m. post), and then walk him to the winner's circle where trainer Doug O'Neill will remove his saddle. The ceremony will occur at approximately 5:53 p.m. and will be shown live on NBC.

It's a bittersweet end to I'll Have Another's run, as it looked like horse racing would see its first Triple Crown winner in 34 years, but that's now going to have to wait.

"We felt that this would be a fitting ceremonial retirement for an incredible racehorse," O'Neill told Dan Silver of NYRA.com. "There are many fans who traveled from near and far to see I'll Have Another today, and we wanted to give them a chance to help us send him off to retirement."

For more on the Belmont Stakes and the race for the Triple Crown, stay with this StoryStream and check out SB Nation's horse racing blog And Down The Stretch They Come. There, you'll also find A Beginner's Guide To Following Horse Racing and a glossary of horse racing terms.

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I'll Have Another To Lead 2012 Belmont Post Parade

Despite the shocking news that Belmont-favorite and Triple-Crown contender I'll Have Another would retire, the colt will still lead the Belmont post parade on Saturday.

I'll Have Another will lead the post parade for Saturday's Belmont Stakes (G1), with jockey Mario Gutierrez scheduled to be aboard. The decision to lead the post parade was made by his connections, who announced the colt's retirement due to an injury described as tendonitis to his left front leg.

While it might seem peculiar for I'll Have Another to lead the post parade given the injury, veterinary surgeon Larry Bramlage said that it shouldn't be much of a concern given it's at half-speed and not a maximum effort type of activity.

For more on the Belmont Stakes and the race for the Triple Crown, stay with this StoryStream; for more on I'll Have Another's injury and retirement, follow this StoryStream. Check out SB Nation's horse racing blog And Down The Stretch They Come. There, you'll also find A Beginner's Guide To Following Horse Racing and a glossary of horse racing terms.

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Behind The Belmont: Documenting What Makes The Race Uniquely Difficult

I'll Have Another won't be running in the 2012 Belmont Stakes, having been scratched due to injury. That will make the Belmont a little less exciting, given how good a chance I'll Have Another seemed to have to win the first Triple Crown in 34 years. But it may not make the race less dramatic, as SB Nation's YouTube channel explains in a behind-the-scenes look at the Belmont.

"You don't want to miss something like this," says Bill Turner, trainer of 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew, "because they don't come around very often." He's talking about Triple Crown bids, but he knows full well how tough the Belmont — which John Sabini, chairman of the New York State Racing and Wagering Board, notes "has been known as the 'graveyard of champions' for a reason" — really is: Seattle Slew became the first horse ever to finish the Triple Crown without ever previously suffering a loss in 1977.

Dullahan's trainer, Dale Romans, says that "Most of these horses have never raced a mile and a half, and most of them will never do it again." It's that length, and the occasionally withering June heat on Long Island, that has stopped the many horses that have claimed the first two jewels of the Triple Crown since Affirmed from finishing the feat at Belmont Park.

That won't be what stops I'll Have Another, but interviews with the horse's owner and jockey help explain the immense scrutiny the potential Triple Crown winner and his team were under from the moment they made it to the Belmont.

And as for the likely Saturday favorite, Dullahan, Romans says his charge is "bred to go the distance" in "one of America's great races."

For more on the Belmont Stakes and the race for the Triple Crown, stay with this StoryStream; for more on I'll Have Another's injury and retirement, follow this StoryStream. Check out SB Nation's horse racing blog And Down The Stretch They Come. There, you'll also find A Beginner's Guide To Following Horse Racing and a glossary of horse racing terms.

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I'll Have Another Retired From Horse Racing Following Injury

The stunning news this Friday that I'll Have Another would not complete his Triple Crown run at the 2012 Belmont Stakes was not the only shock of the day to the world of thoroughbred racing: I'll Have Another's racing career is over, as he will be retired due to an injury sustained in a Friday practice.

I'll Have Another took the 2012 Kentucky Derby and stormed down the stretch to overtake Bodemeister and win the 2012 Preakness Stakes, setting up the first chance a horse would have had since Big Brown in 2008 to win the Triple Crown at the Belmont. But a tendon injury reportedly suffered in a morning practice led to the horse being scratched from the race, meaning that I'll Have Another will not join the ranks of Triple Crown winners.

In retirement, I'll Have Another could bring millions of dollars in stud fees.

For more on the Belmont Stakes and the race for the Triple Crown, stay with this StoryStream and check out SB Nation's horse racing blog And Down The Stretch They Come. There, you'll also find A Beginner's Guide To Following Horse Racing and a glossary of horse racing terms.

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VIDEO: Trainer Doug O'Neill Confirms I'll Have Another Out Of Belmont

I'll Have Another trainer Doug O'Neill called into "The Dan Patrick Show" on Friday to confirm the famous horse would be pulling out of Saturday's 2012 Belmont Stakes due to a leg injury. This ensures there will be no Triple Crown winner in 2012.

CSN Chicago supplied a video of the Dan Patrick Show segment on which O'Neill appeared to announce the decision. O'Neill tried to break up the moment with levity, as you can see in the video below.

The New York Racing association announced on their Twitter feed later on Friday that O'Neill's brother Dennis O'Neill has confirmed the news of I'll Have Another's withdrawal from the race.

For more on the Belmont Stakes and the race for the Triple Crown, stay with this StoryStream and check out SB Nation's horse racing blog And Down The Stretch They Come. There, you'll also find A Beginner's Guide To Following Horse Racing and a glossary of horse racing terms.

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I'll Have Another Scratched From Belmont With Reported Tendon Injury

According to reports on Horse Racing TV (HRTV), it appears that I’ll Have Another has suffered a tendon injury that will not only prevent him from running in the Belmont Stakes but will also likely end his racing career.

A tendon injury is typically not life-threatening, but it is a serious injury and the recovery time can be a minimum of three months or longer. Additionally, due to the importance of the legs of a horse, and the fact that re-injury to a tendon is difficult to correct, top class horses are generally retired even after they have recovered from the initial injury.

A greater explanation of the importance of a horse’s tendon is detailed at the website For The Love of The Horse:

When horses move, their tendons must be flexible enough to stretch and contract within a range of 1 to 3 inches. If a tendon is pushed beyond this linear "stress capacity," tendon injury is likely to occur. Such damage to the tendon usually involves rupture of the tendon fibers. The number of ruptured fibers is directly related to the seriousness of the injury.

With the statement by trainer Doug O’Neill that I’ll Have Another has likely run his last race, it appears that he has suffered a serious injury to the tendon.

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I'll Have Another Scratched From Belmont, According To Trainer

It appears that the world will be without a Triple Crown winner for yet another year, but in an extremely disappointing way. I'll Have Another, the winner of the 2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, has officially been scratched from Saturday's Belmont Stakes, according to trainer Doug O'Neill.

In an interview on the Dan Patrick Show on Friday, O'Neill confirmed that I'll Have Another has indeed been scratched. O'Neill said, "We ain't taking any chances," and that the scratch "is a bummer, but far from tragic." O'Neill guessed that I'll Have Another has run his last race.

There were rumors of injury swirling on Friday before the announcement, but O'Neill did not mention anything specific leading to the scratch. The I'll Have Another camp has a press conference scheduled for 1 p.m. ET to announce the decision.

For more on the Belmont Stakes and the race for the Triple Crown, stay with this StoryStream and check out SB Nation's horse racing blog And Down The Stretch They Come. There, you'll also find A Beginner's Guide To Following Horse Racing and a glossary of horse racing terms.

Check out the SB Nation Channel on YouTube

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