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I'll Have Another

Scratched from Belmont

NO TRIPLE CROWN!!

6/8/2012 8:38 AM PDT UPDATED: 6/8/2012 10:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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I'll Have Another will not be the first Triple Crown winner in 34 years -- the thoroughbred has been scratched from tomorrow's Belmont Stakes ... and may never run again.

The horse's trainer Doug O'Neill just dropped the bombshell on "The Dan Patrick Show" ... confirming the rumors that I'll Have Another was indeed injured. He was not specific, but said there was a "little problem" with the left hind leg.

O'Neill said his horse seemed fine "to the eye" -- but clearly, something changed this morning ... just one day before I'll Have Another could have become just the 12th Triple Crown winner in history.

I'll Have Another had already won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness -- but O'Neill says the horse will not race again for at least 3 months, and could possibly be done for good.

A news conference is scheduled this afternoon in New York.

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10:20 AM PT -- I'll Have Another's trainer Doug O'Neill just spoke at a news conference, claiming the horse had developed tendonitis in its left front leg ... and that's why IHA was pulled. According to the trainer, the horse is now officially RETIRED.

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Bloomcounty.USA    

Wonder if there's any chance that foul play was involved ... the way this is written it sounds like the horse was fine one day and the next he wasn't, and it happened to be the day before the race. Sounds a little fishy to me.

775 days ago
17.

Bloomcounty.USA    

... then again, it could just be the way it's written. : /

775 days ago
18.

2muchinfo    

there goes the ratings.

775 days ago
19.

Pimpcessa    

Honestly, I wouldn't be shocked if this had something to do with drugs, instead of an injury. The trainer has had some issues in the past, but I have no idea if he really did what he's accused of.

775 days ago
20.

messygirl    

Good. Poor horse, they run 'em to death.

775 days ago
21.

Hey It Is Me    

What a shame just when Canada is poised to dominate horse racing!

775 days ago
22.

Tracy    

Good! I was watching a piece on him this morning and thought to myself "I hope he doesn't get hurt." That seems to be the trend...a big win or two, then injury. I'm glad they saw the risk and scratched.

775 days ago
23.

Who Knew    

Awww man I was looking forward to that race. Good that they are looking out for the horses health.

775 days ago
24.

Jim in Cali    

Wow this is terrible news for the Belmont. Oh well, hope he gets better.

775 days ago
25.

swampfox    

saw the interview and them saying he was going to be put out to stud.....the horse was in the background with A BIG SMILE ON HIS FACE...he is going to horse bootyville....woot-woot.....

775 days ago
26.

Rod    

Better to be safe for the horse's benefit...not worth the risk of losing this beautiful animal.

775 days ago
27.

LadyN    

I hope the horse is treated well for the rest of his life now that he's no longer a moneymaker. He did his job well and deserves to live out his days happily.

775 days ago
28.

Carl    

Not only did TMZ get the leg wrong in the initial post, but after getting it right in the update no one went back to fix the original error.

775 days ago
29.

Jay W.     

That's too bad. Wanted to see if I'll Have Another would pull it off.

775 days ago
30.

SD_User    

Not surprised, but expected it would have been announced earlier. If you re-watch towards the end of the Preakness, you can see him over-extend that left front leg; it looks like the top of the short pastern bone touched the ground.

775 days ago
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