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Gayle in MD
06-08-2012, 11:19 AM
I'll Have Another Out Of Belmont: Doug O'Neill Reveals Triple Crown Bid Is Over During Dan Patrick Show

Not this year.

Despite heavy anticipation that horse racing would have its first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978, I'll Have Another is not running the Belmont Stakes on Saturday. During an interview on the "Dan Patrick Show" on Friday, trainer Doug O'Neill broke the news.




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Doug O'Neill: "I'll Have Another is officially out of the Belmont."
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The three-year-old colt owned by Reddam Racing and trained by O'Neill notched thrilling wins at the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes and was the early favorite at the Belmont Stakes.

The surprise scratch is the result of an injury, with O'Neill telling the Dan Patrick Show that the horse "has the start of some tendinitis in the left front leg.” O'Neill went on to reveal that he doesn't expect the horse to race again.

According to the Thoroughbred Times, the New York Racing Association has scheduled a press conference for 1 p.m. on Friday.

O'Neill told Patrick that the horse would appear during that press conference. O'Neill worked out I'll Have Another very early on Friday morning, getting the chestnut colt out on the track at Belmont at 5:30 a.m., according to the New York Daily News.


"He is fit and ready to go and we are just trying to let him bring as much energy to the table tomorrow as possible," O'Neill told the News hours before announcing the scratch during a radio appearance, later adding, "We are ready to roll."

I'll Have Another is far from the first horse to win the first two legs of the Triple Crown before failing to finish it off. The scratch for I'll Have Another marks just the third time in the history of the Triple Crown that a horse has won the first two legs but not run the Belmont. During the 1930s, Burgo King and Bold Venture captured the Derby and the Preakness but did not start the Belmont.

Here are the alibis (or excuses) for several other notable horses that never celebrated the feat.


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Tim Tam (1958
The Calumet Farm bay colt finished second to Cavan by 5 1/2 lengths after running the final quarter-mile with a broken bone in his right front ankle.

Carry Back (1961)
A scrawny, unattractive little colt was poised to make another thrilling stretch run to victory, but when jockey Johnny Sellers asked for more, Carry Back "spit the bit" - a racing term meaning he simply didn't feel like running anymore. He finished seventh behind 65-1 long shot Sherluck.

Majestic Prince (1969)
The great jockey Bill Hartack was criticized by many for moving too late in the stretch in losing to Arts and Letters. It was Majestic Prince's first loss in 10 starts.

Spectacular Bid (1979)
Considered a cinch to give racing its fourth Triple Crown winner in the 1970s, the Bid stepped on a safety pin in his stall the morning of the race. He finished third behind Coastal after young jockey Ron Franklin gunned Bid to the lead and the colt faded in the stretch.

Silver Charm (1997)
After reeling in rival Free House with an eighth of a mile to go, Silver Charm was on his way to immortality. But with 75 yards to go, jockey Gary Stevens saw another horse out of the corner of his eye. It was Touch Gold, and Silver Charm didn't see him either until 10 jumps from the wire. By then, it was too late.

Real Quiet (1998)
A year after trainer Bob Baffert had his heart broken by Silver Charm, another of his horses - Real Quiet - took a run at greatness. But jockey Kent Desormeaux was criticized for making his move too early, and by the time Real Quiet was a furlong from the finish at Belmont, he began staggering home. Victory Gallop, runner-up in the Derby and Preakness, was bearing down and the two hit the wire together. After several agonizing minutes, the photo went against Real Quiet.

Charismatic (1999)
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas' Triple Crown quest ended with a quarter mile to go, when Charismatic fractured two bones in his left front leg but still finished third behind 29-1 long shot Lemon Drop Kid.

War Emblem (2002)
Baffert has had some tough luck chasing the Triple Crown and his front-running speedster was done in early - he stumbled out of the starting gate and finished eighth behind 70-1 long shot Sarava.

Smarty Jones (2004)
After fighting off strong challenges from Rock Hard Ten and Eddington along the backstretch, Smarty Jones and jockey Stewart Elliott opened a 3 1/2-length lead into the stretch. But the early duels proved to be Smarty's undoing. He tired in the stretch and was caught in the final 70 yards by 36-1 long shot Birdstone.

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NEW YORK (AP) — I'll Have Another's bid for a Triple Crown ended with the shocking news that the colt was out of the Belmont Stakes due to a swollen left front tendon.

According to Dennis O'Neill, brother of trainer Doug O'Neill, the horse galloped Friday morning and after a veterinary scan, the tendon seemed "kind of tender."

O'Neill told The Associated Press that, "the horse is sound and happy, but it's not worth it."

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[color:#CC0000This is so sad. He was my favorite. I was really looking forward to seeing him run again.

I sure hope he recovers fully.
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Sid_Vicious
06-08-2012, 11:55 AM
I saw that last race, and it was apparent to me as a novice in horse racing that "I'll Have Another" was not a contender at the Belmont distance. Being an animal lover...I am happy they took him out. Really though...no way was this horse ever gonna contend at the Belmont distance.

That horse struggled to the finish line last time. "Let's be kind" to our furry friends. That horse was done. Give it respect. sid

Gayle in MD
06-08-2012, 02:16 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Sid_Vicious</div><div class="ubbcode-body">I saw that last race, and it was apparent to me as a novice in horse racing that "I'll Have Another" was not a contender at the Belmont distance. Being an animal lover...I am happy they took him out. Really though...no way was this horse ever gonna contend at the Belmont distance.

That horse struggled to the finish line last time. "Let's be kind" to our furry friends. That horse was done. Give it respect. sid

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Give it respect?

Did you think I didn't respect the horse, or the decision made by his trainer and owner?

Believe me I certainly do, and, in fact, as an animal lover, as Mac would say: "If I were king" I'd rather see horse racing, outlawed!

Not that I don't enjoy watching them, since they are going to be running anyway, but I've seen too many race horses abused and pushed beyond abuse, to approve of horse racing.

Same thing with most other sports involving animals.

As to how he might have done in the race, I wouldn't begin to predict which horse might have won, nor how "I'll Have Another" might have stacked up, since they all have their good days, when they feel like running, and their bad days, when they don't, and won't.

My daughter, who is experienced in Dressage, Jumping, member of a number of Equestrian Teams, and performing in all sorts of Horse Competitions, most of her life, cannot stand to even watch a horse race, she is so much a protector of all animals, as is our whole family.



G.

Soflasnapper
06-08-2012, 03:42 PM
In other racing news, "Roll Me Another One" forgot to get entered in any of the Triple Crown events.

Too bad, as he was HIGHLY favored!

Soflasnapper
06-11-2012, 01:57 PM
His chances went 'Up in Smoke'!

Gayle in MD
06-11-2012, 02:27 PM
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Sid_Vicious
06-11-2012, 10:16 PM
I wasn't making any judgements toward you Gayle. Sorry if it came off the page that way. IMO that horse woulda been pushed too hard in a race it couldn't win, so I was happy they pulled it out. sid

Gayle in MD
06-11-2012, 10:23 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Sid_Vicious</div><div class="ubbcode-body">I wasn't making any judgements toward you Gayle. Sorry if it came off the page that way. IMO that horse woulda been pushed too hard in a race it couldn't win, so I was happy they pulled it out. sid </div></div>

No problem friend. I didn't mean to come off as though I thought you were.... making any judgements

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