I'll Have Another's bid for the first Triple Crown in 34 years ended shockingly in the barn and not on the racetrack Friday when the colt was scratched the day before the Belmont Stakes and retired from racing with a swollen tendon.
"It's been an incredible ride, an incredible run," trainer Doug O'Neill said. "It's a bummer. It's not tragic, but it's a huge disappointment."
I'll Have Another, who won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes with stirring stretch drives, was the 4-5 favorite to win the Belmont and become the 12th Triple Crown winner and first since Affirmed in 1978.
O'Neill's brother told the Associated Press earlier Friday I'll Have Another went out for a gallop this morning, and afterward the tendon seemed "kind of tender." He also said "the horse is sound and happy, but it's not worth it."
NBC has coverage of the Belmont Stakes Saturday starting at 4:30 p.m. Eleven horses are still set to go to the starting gate tomorrow for the mile-and-a-half race.
(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)
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