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.
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.
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.
The horse with possibly the best chance to spoil I’ll Have Another’s bid for a Triple Crown posted a strong workout six days before the Belmont Stakes.
Since then, 11 horses have won the first two only to come up short in the Belmont, felled by a safety pin picked up in a stall, a stumble out of the gate or a jockey’s judgment.
The morning after Johan Santana pitched the first no-hitter in New York Mets history, the trainer of Triple Crown hopeful I’ll Have Another showed up for his Belmont Stakes news briefing sporting a Mets cap.
Trainer Doug O’Neill welcomed an uneventful day at training for Belmont Stakes favorite I’ll Have Another.
A loose horse nearly collied with I’ll Have Another at Thursday’s Belmont Stakes practice. The Triple Crown hopeful avoided disaster.
Team O’Neill is headed to Yankee Stadium to throw out the ceremonial first pitch the night before I’ll Have Another attempts to win the Belmont Stakes
Trainer Doug O’Neill will take an unconventional path to a Triple Crown bid by using a series of strong gallops rather than formal workouts to prepare for the Belmont Stakes.
Trainer Doug O’Neill has lined up retired Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey to mentor inexperienced Mario Gutierrez
I’ll Have Another came out of the Preakness in “super” shape, and trainer Doug O’Neill says it’s on to New York for a Triple Crown try in the Belmont Stakes.