I'll Have Another has reportedly been scratched from the list of horses set to run in The Belmont Stakes.
In a recent interview, Doug O'Neill, the horse's trainer, told the Dan Patrick show that the horse had a left leg problem adding, We ain't taking any chances.
Trainer Doug O'Neill was seen taking the horse for a gallop at Belmont, just one day before the stakes, on Friday, June 8.
O'Neill said the decision was made to bring his Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner to the track shortly after 5:30 a.m. Friday to avoid congestion around the detention barn housing the 12 horses entered for the Belmont, according to a statement.
It's been very hectic the last few days, so we thought we would take him out when it's quieter, O'Neill said in a statement released by the New York Racing Association. The detention barn setup with all 12 of the horses going out at the same time has been a little bit hectic.
According to ESPN, the colt jogged and then galloped around the 1½-mile oval accompanied by stable pony Lava Man,
While there is no word on whether the horse may have hurt his leg during the practice gallop, Dan Wolken of The Daily has sent out a message on his Twitter saying, Doug O'Neill confirms scratch of I'll Have Another from Belmont. Devastating.
NYT writer Pete Thamel's also tweeted, O'Neill said the horse has a 'little problem with his left front leg.' There's the 'start of some tendinitis.' Doesn't want to take a chance.
I'll Have Another was in place to become the 12th winner of the Triple Crown on June 9 in the Belmont Stakes after having recently claimed victory at both the Kentucky Derby and The Belmont Stakes.