That his trainer removed him from the Belmont is to the trainer's credit, staying more injury. Let's hope I'll Have Another finds a new, useful, and rewarding life through a program such as Turning for Home. The 9 minutes of this video will make you cry in both sorrow and joy.
I get the humor, but I'll Have Another's injury is a big deal in the horse world. Many live their lives in the horse industry, and the message here is that the trainer saw the injury before putting the horse out into a race that could end its life. It's a story to be celebrated.
I was so, so disappointed to hear about I'll Have Another. In my heart, I feel he would have taken the crown. When I first caught the news clip about this horse, I fell in love with his name. Many years ago I used to go to the track quite often with my family, knowing very little about horses. As time went on, my way of choosing a horse to bet on was by the name. I didn't care about odds, size, whether the horse was a mudder or not, if the name struck me, my money was on it. This practice netted me nice sums of money. Nothing huge, just enough to make me happy. Unlike my hubby, father, father-in-law, brother-in-law, I didn't study the racing forms nor sit down with pencil and paper trying to determine a winner. I think I irritated them when I would get excited for winning $17 They weren't heavy betters, but certainly bet more than the $2 I allowed myself.
As sad as this turn of events is, I am glad the horse has responsible owners who didn't let greed get in the way. Other owners could well have run the horse in spite of the oncoming condition, in their quest for the almighty dollar.
I didn't know the term "mudder"...apparently you had more race track experience than I. LOL
You and I had spoken about his name and how much we liked it. I think "I'll Have Another" will have another life, like El Frio. If this horse ever gets auctioned off for horse meat, there will be a huge outcry.