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SANTA ANITA EXPRESSES REGRET OVER I’LL HAVE ANOTHER’S TRIPLE CROWN DEFECTION, THANKS FOR REPRESENTING THE GREAT RACE PLACE WITH HONOR
ARCADIA, Calif. (June 8, 2012)—As the racing world reacts with sorrow and regret upon the news of I’ll Have Another’s defection from Saturday’s Belmont Stakes due to a tendon injury, Santa Anita officials congratulated the colt’s connections on his run to greatness following his win in the April 7 Santa Anita Derby and expressed sorrow that a bid for a Triple Crown has been vanquished.
“This is obviously a huge disappointment for our sport,” said Santa Anita C.E.O. Mark Verge. “While we congratulate Paul and Zillah Reddam, Doug O’Neill and his entire team on their run to greatness following the Santa Anita Derby, we also feel grateful this problem was detected early and that the horse is in good order.
“Along with our fans, we look forward to I’ll Have Another embarking upon a long, productive career as a stallion and we can’t wait to see his babies run in the coming years here at The Great Race Place.”
Following his win in the Grade II Robert B. Lewis Stakes on Feb. 4 at odds of 43-1, I’ll Have Another took the Grade I Santa Anita Derby on April 7 by a nose, paying $10.20 to win.
“This horse started out the winter here as an underdog and I think that’s part of his legend,” said Verge. “The fact that Mr. Reddam bought him as a 2-year-old for just $35,000 endeared him to a lot of people because it makes everyone realize that you don’t have to spend millions to come up with a Derby-caliber horse.
“We only wish we could’ve seen him compete in the Belmont, but thanks to Doug (O’Neill) and his staff, they were very proactive in treating this injury and Thoroughbred Horse Racing is a winner on account of that.”
I’ll Have Another retires with $2,693,600 in earnings and a record of 5-1-0 from seven career starts. Santa Anita’s admission gates will open early, at 8:15 a.m on Saturday and simulcast wagering will be available at that time in the track’s Paddock Room.
Santa Anita’s FrontRunner Restaurant, Club House, Seabiscuit Court and General Admission areas will be open for wagering at 10:15 a.m. First post time from Belmont Park is at 8:30 a.m. and from Hollywood Park at 11 a.m. Post time for the Belmont Stakes is scheduled for 3:40 p.m., all times P.D.T.