June 9, 2012
Belmont to honour I'll Have Another
By Sports Network
Elmont, NY - As a way of honoring Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner I'll Have Another, a retirement ceremony will be held prior to the 144th Belmont Stakes. The ceremonial retirement will be conducted in the Belmont Park winner's circle.
Owned by J. Paul Reddam, I'll Have Another was scratched from the Belmont Stakes on Friday with tendonitis of his left front leg. The chestnut colt was also retired from racing due to the injury.
"We felt that this would be a fitting ceremonial retirement for an incredible racehorse," said the colt's trainer Doug O'Neill. "There are many fans who traveled 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."
I'll Have Another's grooms will lead him to the paddock shortly after the conclusion of the Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap, and then walk him to the winner's circle where trainer Doug O'Neill will remove his saddle. The ceremony will occur at approximately 5:53 p.m. (et).
Originally, the colt was to lead the post parade for the Belmont Stakes.