Saturday, June 9, 2012

Just Another Horse Race

Yesterday I'll Have Another, the winner of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness on his way to a possible Triple Crown, was withdrawn from the Belmont due to tendonitis.
What gave away the story of the 2012 Triple Crown season, however, were the somber faces that greeted the chestnut colt upon his arrival at the barn — that and the fact the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner wasn't supposed to be returning to that particular shedrow until after the 144th edition of the Belmont Stakes on Saturday.
The breathtaking journey of I'll Have Another over the past five weeks ended with a punch to the gut Friday when trainer Doug O'Neill and owner J. Paul Reddam announced the colt was out of the Belmont Stakes and would be retired following the discovery of the beginning of tendinitis in his left front leg.

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Now today's Belmont will be just another horse race. Maybe next year.

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