So many people have been eagerly awaiting the Belmont Stakes 2012 in the hopes of seeing I'll Have Another become the first Triple Crown winner in 34 years. But just when we were about to break out the fancy hors d'ouevres & cocktails for the big race, the news broke yesterday that the party is officially over -- because I'll Have Another is going into retirement.
His trainer, Doug O'Neill, sadly announced that his beloved horse has tendinitis in his left leg, and it just isn't worth having him run and risk a potentially life threatening injury just to take home the Triple Crown winner title. And while the decision was no doubt a painful one for O'Neill, I'll Have Another's owners, and of course, jockey Mario Gutierrez -- they absolutely did the right thing. (For the horse and their bank accounts.)
As thrilling as it would've been to watch him dart across the finish line at the Belmont Stakes after his amazing wins at the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, the millions of dollars they'd lose by not being able to breed I'll Have Another in the event that he sustained further injuries would've been impossible to accept.
I suppose the race will still be fun to watch today, and according to the Belmont Stakes odds, Dullahan has been noted as the horse to bet on. But after cheering on I'll Have Another with my family during the Derby & the Preakness, today's race will definitely be bittersweet. While I'm glad the three-year-old colt will have a long, happy, (and pampered) life ahead of him, I still can't help but be kind of crushed that I won't be able to witness a Triple Crown victory.
Oh well -- I guess there's always next year.
Take a look at this video clip to hear more about I'll Have Another's retirement.
Were you saddened to hear that I'll Have Another is out of the race? What horse are you rooting for in the Belmont Stakes?
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