Trainer Doug O’Neill to scratch I'll Have Another from Belmont | Horse Racing

The Daily Racing Form is reporting trainer Doug O'Neil will scratch I'll Have Another from the third leg of the Triple Crown, Saturday’s Belmont Stakes.

The colt had won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness and was a top pick to be the first horse to win the Triple Crown in 34 years.  Affirmed was the last to win all three legs in 1978.

DRF is reporting I'll have another is suffering from tendinitis in his left foreleg,

The Triple Crown is a set of three races for 3-year-old thoroughbreds and is the most well-known horse race for the general public today.

The Triple Crown begins with the 1-1/4 mile Kentucky Derby, grade 1,  run at Churchill Downs in Kentucky the first week of May. The second leg is the 1-3/16 mile Preakness States at Pimlico in Baltimore the third week of May, about 14 days following the Derby.  The third leg is the 1 1/2 mile Belmont Stakes Belmont Park in Elmont, New York.

The origins of the Triple Crown according to the Thoroughbred Times Racing Almanac reach back to 1867 with the first running of the Belmont with the Preakness starting in 1875. There were gaps in the continuous running of the races in the beginning.

The first horse to be crowned a Triple Crown winner was SIr Barton in 1919 although the term was not officially used at that time. The Triple Crown trophy was commission the Thoroughbred Racing Association in 1950 according to the Thoroughbred Times Racing Almanac.

Including SIr Barton there have been 11 Triple Crown winners. Following Sir Barton was Gallant Fox in 1930, Omaha, 1935, War Admiral, 1937, Whirlaway, 1941, Count Fleet, 1943, Assault, 1946, Citation, 1948, Secretariat, 1973, Seattle Slew, 1977, Affirmed, 1978.

Doug O'Neil won the Longacres Mile with Skyjack in 2003 at Emerald Downs. Skyjack was ridden by Russell Baze beating Poker Brad and Lord Nelson.


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