Last Minute Scratch At Belmont Sees Online Betting Increase

Published Friday, June 08, 2012 -

The world of horse racing is filled with last minute up and downs that keep everyone on top alert for any signs of trouble. The Belmont stakes is called the race for the championship because only the very best make it that far and the competition is as fierce as it gets. A sad news story hit the horse racing industry today that dashed the hopes of many as the big favourite to win the Triple Crown I’ll Have Another was scratched a day before the race.

The Triple Crown has not been won in thirty four years. Another trainer ," D. Wayne Lukas, said "I feel terrible for Doug," "To come this close and have arguably the best horse, everything being equal, you have to give him the nod as being the best horse. He's done everything he was supposed to. He had four big ones in a row. That fifth one is tough. That's what I've always said, it's not a Triple Crown, it's a five or six race series." Larry Bramlage, the track’s veterinarian said, I’ll Have Another has a "slow-healing injury." The scratch is first time since Bold Venture in 1936 that the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner didn't run in the Belmont Stakes. A swollen tendon is to blame for the last minute removal.

Trainer Doug O'Neill explained that the swollen left front tendon was the beginning of tendonitis, which could have taken six months to treat, retirement was the only prudent option. O'Neill commented, "Yesterday he galloped great, but in the afternoon we noticed some loss of definition in his left front leg," he said, addressing the media outside the Belmont barns while I'll Have Another grazed nearby. "We did just an easy gallop today. I thought he looked great on the track, and then cooling out, you could tell the swelling was back." The owner J. Paul Reddam and vet Dr. Jim Hunt were all in agreement with the decision to retire their investment, so the colt can race another day.

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