ELMONT, N.Y. - A leg injury has taken I'll Have Another out of the Belmont Stakes and out of the running for the Triple Crown.
The issue is with a swollen left-front tendon. Trainer Doug O'Neill said something was first noticed in the leg on Thursday, but hoped I'll Have Another had "just hit himself."
I'll Have Another looked fine during a morning workout on Friday, according to O'Neill, but in the cooling down period "you could tell that swelling was back and at that point I didn't feel very good."
O'Neill talked to owner Paul Reddam and the two summoned a doctor, who determined I'll Have Another showed signs of tendinitis beginning in his left-front leg.
The doctor indicated the horse would need 3-6 months of rest. After conferring, O'Neill and Reddam opted to retire I'll Have Another.
"It's a bummer," O'Neill said, "but it's far from tragic."
The inflammation to the tendon is a "one-bad-step injury," according to equine veterinarian Larry Bramlage, and doesn't haveRead More »from I'll Have Another out of the Belmont Stakes, out of the Triple Crown and retired for good