I’ll Have Another Scratched from Belmont

Ms. Jeannie was sad to hear that I’ll Have Another will not be running in the Belmont tomorrow due to a swollen left front tendon. Such a shame! She was looking forward to seeing history in the making.  Poor guy…Ms. Jeannie hopes he’s back up and running soon.

I’ll Have Another no longer in Triple Crown contention.

Might We Have A Triple Crown Winner?

Hopefully my dears, you had the chance to watch the Preakness on Saturday.

I’ll Have Another vying for the win at the Preakness!

It was nail biting all the way down to end, when I’ll Have Another won literally by a nose or a neck, depending on your vantage point! How exciting to watch him barrel down the last quarter stretch neck and neck with Bodemeister, only to summon that very last bit of “umph” to guarantee himself the winner of the Preakness!

I’ll Have Another and Bodemeister battling it out.
Another viewpoint. You can see how close they were!

It was cute to watch him saunter around the track afterwards like it was no big deal. Just another day of racing!

If you missed it, here’s the race in full…

I’ll Have Another’s jockey, Mario Gutierez sang the praises of his talented partner. Here’s what he said:

“This is not about me. We talked about it with Mr. Reddam and Mr. O’Neill. We wanted to be a little bit closer to Bodemeister this time because normally that horse runs a huge race. My horse has a tremendous kick in the end. He has been proving that in the last three races. He didn’t disappoint again today.”

“I want to put the pressure a little bit on the side because the credit he earned all this. He has proven a lot of people wrong. I just have to prepare because I want to be at the same level as him. He’s an amazing horse.”

Such a humble pair those to are! And now it is on to the Belmont. If I’ll Have Another wins the Triple Crown, he will be the first horse since Affirmed in 1978 to hold that honor, proving how rare and spectacular an athlete all the Triple Crown horse winners really are.

Affirmed winning the Belmont, and therefore, the Triple Crown in 1978.