Twitter is running wild with all sorts of speculation about I’ll Have Another, scratched today from the Belmont Stakes, a move that means horse racing will continue waiting for its first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.
There are people claiming I’ll Have Another suffered a broken leg. There are the inevitable comparisons to Barbaro.
From the Daily Racing Form, however, trainer Doug O’Neill has a much simpler explanation for scratching the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner.
“He’s got tendonitis in his left front tendon,” O’Neill said. “He’s not 100 percent and I ain’t taking any chances.
“The bottom line is it’s not tragic, no one got killed, there are much bigger issues in the world.”
There will be a press conference held at Belmont Park early this afternoon to discuss the injury. SB Nation New York will get you a report from that event as soon as it becomes available.