No triple crown in 2012

The trainer just scratched I’ll Have Another. He said it was tendinitis…having just rehabbed a horse with that I am a little confused. He was sound this morning…Lucky was clearly off with her problem. Anyone else think it is wired???


9 thoughts on “No triple crown in 2012

  1. Fingers pointing in all directions–the mishandled “stakes barn” moves with everyone trying to use the facilities at once (one trainer said it was difficult to bathe your horse because everyone was trying to bathe their horses, too); the charges against Team O’Neill (not the only Triple Crown trainer facing disciplinary fines and suspensions, but certainly the most notable); going out to gallop early (so maybe there WAS something … ???); talk of the Preakness being IHA’s “last race” … ???. A lot of questions that remain to be answered. Film at 11 (a.m., PDT).

  2. Wouldn’t you rather he be pulled than risk yet another horse breaking down in this series. I applaud them.

  3. A lot of owners view their Thoroughbreds in the racing sport as a commodity, a money factory. Once they feel that money factory is being effected, they quickly retire the horse, syndicate it for more $$$, set a stud fee, and try to get as many mares covered as possible.
    Good luck with that one…so many stallions are out there right now!

  4. Good question. Is he worth more after winning two races and retiring or if he went on to run this last one and didn’t win? Obviously winning all three would be the top $’s but maybe they got an offer they couldn’t refuse?

  5. Tendinitis comes in varying degrees and is a very general term. Some horses DON’T go lame right away. Not worth taking a chance.

  6. Comparing Lucky’s injury and rehab to a world class athlete’s injury and rehab to get back to that world class level is not a fair comparison at all. His injury would require possibly a year (or more) in rehab and recovery. Even after that, he most likely would not be able to compete at the same level. He’d have to compete at lower levels. So of course, economics would have to enter the equation when you’re talking millions of dollars. His value would most certainly go down if he went the rehab, recovery, race again route. Since tendons never fully heal and will always be a weak link, there would always be a high risk of re-injury and worst case – possible break down.

    I commend them on making a very difficult decision – one that (IMO) is best route all the way around.

    Can you imagine the pressure they had to run him! This article here gives you a good idea of the gravity of this decision and who it affected:

  7. I agree with Baledwr. They know their horse better than the press who like to speculate and sell their product. Remember, new is a product, people make a living selling it.

  8. While I agree it’s probably safer to pull the horse (SO disappointed though; it would have been nice to have some Canadian blood in the Triple Crown hall of fame) I can’t help but feel like there’s something else going on there. He’ll probably make millions out to stud as the horse that ‘could have’ and ‘NEARLY did’ win the the triple crown. My guess is that he’ll do far better with that title than being yet another horse who got two out of three legs. Smart tactical decision, especially if the horse has something going on physically, tendinitis or otherwise. My first reaction was tendinitis is hardly career ending, but I don’t really know the situation and thus cannot judge. Plus as I said, my guess is that its largely a tactical move as well.

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