I’ll Have Another scratches from Triple Crown attempt

Horse racing fans will have to wait at least another year to witness the first Triple Crown winner since 1978.

I’ll Have Another, the favorite for the Belmont Stakes with a shot to win horse racing’s elusive Triple Crown, has been declared out of Saturday’s race with tendonitis, his trainer said Friday morning.

Doug O’Neill, discussing the injury on The Dan Patrick Show radio program, said the Kentucky Derby and The Preakness winner has Achilles tendon irritation and the start of tendonitis. He was unsure how the 4-5 Belmont favorite suffered the injury.

“Usually these type of injures the (horses) hit themselves or hyperextended themselves,” O’Neill said. “Maybe he just strained himself from training. Just a freakish thing. I’m bummed we’re not participating. Whoever wins (the Belmont) will be a special horse.

O’Neill has scheduled a press conference at Belmont on Friday afternoon.

O’Neill said I’ll Have Another may have run his last race.

“If I had to wager … yes,” he said

I’ll Have Another was attempting to become the first horse to win the Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978. Eleven horses have won the first two legs of the Triple Crown since then and have failed to complete the feat at the Belmont Stakes.

“I have to do what’s in the best interest of the horse,” O’Neill said.

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