I'll Have Another, the horse going for sport's immortality to become horse racing's first Triple Crown winner since the Carter administration, is out of Saturday's running of The Belmont Stakes.
I can't print what I said when I read this.
According to Dan Wolken's (The Daily) Twitter feed, the "NYRA has called a 1 p.m. press conference with trainer Doug O'Neill. Rumors swirling I'll Have Another has been scratched from Belmont."
O'Neill is I'll Have Another's trainer.
According to NYT writer Pete Thamel's Twitter feed, "O'Neill said the horse has a 'little problem with his left front leg.' There's the 'start of some tendinitis.' Doesn't want to take a chance."
Here is the problem with The Triple Crown - no owner wants to possibly push a horse that is going to be worth buh-zillions in stud fees. So the tiniest problem is plenty of reason for the horse to sit.
Instead of having the chance to watch history we have another horse race stacked with a field the general public knows nothing of.
Oh well. Looks like I'm watching boxing.
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