06/09/2012 10:46AM

Belmont Stakes 2012: I'll Have Another will not lead post parade, winner's circle retirement ceremony planned

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ELMONT, N.Y. - Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I’ll Have Another will have a ceremonial retirement in the Belmont Park winner’s circle prior to Saturday’s 144th running of the Belmont Stakes. The New York Racing Association had originally announced plans to have I’ll Have Another lead the post parade for the Belmont Stakes with jockey Mario Gutierrez aboard, a decision which led to a flurry of criticism throughout the industry.  

I’ll Have Another's quest to become the first Triple Crown winner since 1978 came to an end after he was scratched late Friday morning from the Belmont due to a tendon injury.

I’ll Have Another will be led into the paddock shortly after the conclusion of the Grade 1 Manhattan after which he’ll be walked to the winner’s circle where trainer Doug O’Neill will remove his saddle. The ceremony is scheduled to take place at approximately 5:53 p.m.

“We felt this would be a fitting ceremonial retirement for an incredible race horse,” said O’Neill. “There are many fans who have travelled from near and far to see I’ll Have Another today and we wanted to give them a chance to help us send him off to retirement.”

Sally Miller More than 1 year ago
I like the idea of a retirement ceremony., but not now. He should rest and have no weight on him. Maybe during the Breeders Cup this year. He gave us such thrills. He derserves to be recognized. Rest Boy and get well. Those young filles can be frisky!
R. Carlos Nanez More than 1 year ago
I don't know who come up with the idea of have IHA lead the post parade.Who ever was, he need a job at a circus and be a clown. I can't believe they would do that with a horse that just won two legs of the Triple Crown and I can't believe the trainer or the owner will even considered of going along with such stupid idea. They seem to forget what happened to Kelso when they did that few years ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
NYRA: Hey Doug, how about using IHA as the lead pony for the post parade. Doug: OK, but I'll need a $10,000 appearance fee.
Maria Kern More than 1 year ago
IHA did great by winning the Santa Anita Derby, Kentucky Derby and Preakness. Thanks for the thrill and excitement. Have a wonderful retirement.
Katie Moon More than 1 year ago
He will have a happy retirement from racing and enjoy his new career at stud! He doesn't nee to have any weight on his back at this time.
Jerry More than 1 year ago
mirror mirror on the rack who is the best horse on the track------U R -----but to regain your stardom, you must win by ten------to be continued----
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
To all the people who thought I"ll have another to lead post parade was a good idea. BAD IDEA, the horse people has a tendon issue, why the hell would you put any weight on his back when he has a hole in his tendon sheath !
Joe Mauro More than 1 year ago
sad
Mr More than 1 year ago
I got even money odds that he will get BOOOOOOOED
Billy Young More than 1 year ago
Idiots are difficult to predict
Chris The Mover More than 1 year ago
I don't care what anyone says......this horse was a joy to watch and gave us his all for one heck of a run! Cheers to I'll Have Another!