Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I’ll Have Another was ailing well before he was retired from racing with a tendon injury the day ahead of his bid to win the Belmont Stakes.
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I’ll Have Another paraded between races at Betfair Hollywood Park on Saturday, giving fans at the colt’s home track a chance to cheer him one last time before he heads off to stud.
Let’s give some love to LeBron James, Union Rags, Maria Sharapova, Rafael Nadal, the Seawolves and to a Chinese woman named Shanshan Feng.
Belmont winner Union Rags, and perhaps another 3-year-old or two, such as trainer Bob Baffert’s Bodemeister and Paynter, will try to make a run at a division championship with a sizzling summer campaign.
Even with the absence of I’ll Have Another and his bid to win the Triple Crown, horse racing had a successful day at the Belmont Stakes.
It happened again Saturday, when Union Rags nipped the trainer’s front-running Paynter at the wire and won the Belmont Stakes.
Gutierrez was presented a plaque hours before the Belmont by Carlos M. Sada, the consul general for Mexico based in New York, commemorating the wins in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.
Trainer Doug O’Neill gave his horse three friendly slaps on the flank, removed his saddle, and I’ll Have Another was led out of the Belmont Park winner’s circle into retirement.
Union Rags wins the Belmont Stakes. Paynter finished second and Atigun finished third.
With I’ll Have Another retired with a tendon injury, there wasn’t much excitement among fans entering the huge racetrack hours before the race.
Giant Ryan broke his left front ankle while battling for the lead in the True North Handicap at Belmont Park on Saturday.
I’ll Have Another retired from racing on Friday, and the decision has everything to do with economics.
The elusive Triple Crown will have to wait at least one more year as I’ll Have Another will not race in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes.
Even with the devastating news and the unconventional end of yet another Triple Crown try, an intriguing field of ten remains for the one million dollar Belmont Stakes.
There have been 11 horses since 1978 to take the first two jewels of the Triple Crown, only to falter at the Belmont Stakes. I’ll Have Another has a chance to make history — or become No. 12.
Photos from the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes.
Photos from the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes in Elmont, NY.
Photos of Triple Crown hopeful I’ll Have Another.
Previews to the 2012 Belmont Stakes
Photos from the 137th Preakness Stakes
Photos from the 2012 Kentucky Derby