The winner of the 2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes “I’ll Have Another” has been scratched from the Belmont Stakes race for Saturday, effectively ending the horses try at the Triple Crown.
A spokesman for trainer Doug O’Neill confirmed Friday to reporters, “I’ll Have Another” will not run in Belmont Stakes. The horse has been scratched from the race.”
Their was no reason given at the time, but speculation was the horse had suffered some type of injury during exercise sessions.
Afterwards, John Ashner of Churchill Downs stated that O’Neill told him the horse was suffering from tenderness in his right foreleg.
Then O’neill was said to tell a radio show on WDRB.com that he did not want to take any chances and withdrew the horse.
Before the Kentucky Derby this year “I’ll Have Another” won the Santa Anita Stakes as a 43-1 long shot. At the Kentucky Derby he was also considered somewhat of a long shot at 15-1 odds in what was considered an unusually strong field. He was able to overtake Bodemeister down the stretch to pull off the victory, becoming the first horse from the 19 position to win.
By the time the Preakness rolled around he was a little more favored at 3-1, but Bodemeister was still considered the favorite to win. Once again down the final stretch “I’ll Have Another” chased down Bodemeister, to beat him by a neck.
Before the Friday scratch “I’ll Have Another” was considered the Belmont favorite at 5-4 odds.