I’ll Have Another
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.
J. Paul Reddam says he sold his Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner to a farm in Japan for $10 million, a price that far exceeded any amount he was offered in the United States.
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.
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.
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.
Triple Crown contender I’ll Have Another turned in another strong gallop as he prepares for the Belmont Stakes on Saturday.
Questions remain over whether winning the Triple Crown can reinvigorate a sport that has experienced precipitous drops in fan interest, gambling dollars and prestige in the American sports landscape.
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