Belmont Stakes 2012: Union Rags Squeezes By Paynter Down The Stretch

I'll Have Another will not make history at the 2012 Belmont Stakes after being scratched on Friday morning.

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2012 Belmont Stakes: I'll Have Another Scratched, Will Miss On Potential Triple Crown Victory

I'll Have Another has been scratched from the 2012 Belmont Stakes after an issue arose on Friday morning. The horse's trainer, Doug O'Neill, announced the move on the Dan Patrick Show:

I'll Have Another was in pursuit of the first Triple Crown victory since Affirmed won it in 1987, having won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes in May. For the 34th consecutive year, no horse has won the Triple Crown.

A press conference will be held at 11 a.m. MT to address what has happened to I'll Have Another. Whatever the issue is, it is better to play it safe with the horse rather than risking further injury. While this is disappointing news, the horse's health and safety should come first.

For more on the world of horse racing, visit And Down The Stretch They Come and stay tuned to the SB Nation StoryStream.

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Triple Crown 2012: I'll Have Another Will Go For Elusive Title Without Bodemeister At Belmont Stakes

When the gates open for the running of the Belmont Stakes on June 9, I'll Have Another will miss one of the major obstacles to winning the Triple Crown of horse racing: Bodemeister. The horse, who has finished second to I'll Have Another in the Kentucky Derby and in the Preakness Stakes, will sit out the Belmont, a plan trainer Bob Baffert has had all along.

There have been just 11 Triple Crown winners and none since 1978. Affirmed swept the races that year, just one year after Seattle Slew also pulled off the feat. Secretariat took the Triple Crown in 1973, which ended a 25-year drought that started with Citation's Triple Crown victory in 1948.

The last time one horse won the first two legs of the Triple Crown came in 2008 when Big Brown pulled it off. However, Da' Tara grabbed the victory at Belmont.

Can I'll Have Another end a 34-year drought?

Visit SB Nation's horse racing blog And Down The Stretch They Come.

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