I’ll Have Another’s Road to Triple Crown Blocked

The Triple Crown – winning the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont -- is the ultimate prize in horse racing.

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BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 19: Jockey Mike Smith aboard Bodemeister (R) leads the field and jockey Mario Gutierrez on I'll Have Another (L) out of the fourth turn during the 137th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 19, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Tyler Carr/Getty Images)
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Union Rags with jockey John Velazquez up, right, holds off Paynter with jockey Mike Smith to win the 144th Belmont Stakes, a race that many expected I'll Have Another to win before the horse retired on Friday due to injuries.
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Jami Jordan, left, of Carlisle, Pa., and Tonia Cooke, of Oakdale, N.Y., pose for photos by a statue of 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat prior to the Belmont Stakes.
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Julia Hanson, 8, of Chicago, looks at a statue of 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat prior to the Belmont Stakes
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Retired jockey Ron Turcotte, left, who rode Secretariat to the Triple Crown in 1973, poses for photos with Kenny Foudy, 5, next to a statue of the race horse in New York.
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Spectators watch the third race at Belmont Park before the main event.
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I’ll Have Another, the recent winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes who was going to race for the Triple Crown on Saturday was scratched from the Belmont Stakes. Trainer Doug O'Neill said the horse had the beginning of the injury and can't run. Click to see how the famous horse made it this far.
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Trainer Doug O’Neill had lined up retired Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey to mentor inexperienced Mario Gutierrez, shown here, in the weeks before the Triple Crown attempt. When O'Neill was asked if I'll Have Another has raced his last race he said "If I had to wager … I would say yes."
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I'll Have Another, ridden by Mario Gutierrez, comes from behind to beat Bodemeister, ridden by Mike Smith, to the finish line to win the 137th Preakness Stakes. Bodemeister has withdrawn from the upcoming Belmont Stakes race on June 9.
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I'll Have Another's assistant trainer Jack Sisterson is over come with joy in the middle of the race track after his horse won the running of 137th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico.
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Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I'll Have Another is lead around his stable just after arriving at Belmont Park. Trainer Doug O’Neill used an unconventional path to a Triple Crown bid by using a series of strong gallops rather than formal workouts.
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Kentucky Derby, and Preakness winner I'll Have Another is ridden by exercise rider Humberto Gomez at Belmont Park.
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Kentucky Derby, and Preakness winner I'll Have Another is walked in his barn at Belmont Park.
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Owner J. Paul Reddam celebrates in the winners circle after his horse, I'll Have Another, won the 137th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico.
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Jockey Mario Gutierrez celebrates in the winners circle after riding I'll Have Another to win the 137th Preakness Stakes. Gutierrez, 25, came to the track in 2006 from rural Mexico, winning 91 races that season to be the track’s top apprentice. He went on to win consecutive jockey titles in 2007 and 2008 with 134 and 103 victories.
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I'll Have Another, ridden by Mario Gutierrez, celebrates as he wins the 137th running of the Preakness Stakes.
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I'll Have Another, ridden by Mario Gutierrez (L), races neck and neck with Bodemeister, ridden by Mike E. Smith, to the finish line to win the 137th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico.
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I'll Have Another #9 ridden by Mario Gutierrez beats Bodemeister #7 ridden by Mike E. Smith at the finish line to win the 137th running of the Preakness Stakes.
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Jockey Mike Smith aboard Bodemeister (R) leads the field and jockey Mario Gutierrez on I'll Have Another (L) out of the fourth turn during the 137th Preakness Stakes.
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Exercise rider Jonny Garcia takes I'll Have Another around the track at Pimlico in preparation for the 137th Preakness Stakes.
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Kentucky Derby winner "I'll Have Another" walks near the stakes barn, and garners onlookers' attention, as he prepares for the 137th running of the Preakness Stakes.
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Jockey Mario Gutierrez celebrates with the trophy after riding I'll Have Another for the win at the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.
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Mario Gutierrez celebrates atop I'll Have Another after winning the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby.
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Mario Gutierrez atop I'll Have Another after winning the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby in a come-from-behind win ahead of Bodemeister.
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Mario Gutierrez comes down the front stretch atop I'll Have Another to win the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.
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I'll Have Another, with jockey Mario Guitierrez onboard, crosses the finish line to win the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby.
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I'll Have Another trains in preparation for the 138th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.
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