That really sucks. Don't really care much about horse racing, but I do really like to see historical things happen.
OT: I'll Have Another won't run at Belmont.
find it odd that at the end of the article it says the trainer secretly took him out this morning and said he was "fit and ready to go". Huh??
EDIT: apparently that was the ESPN article that stated that.
$10 says ESPN's homepage says something along the lines of "I'll NOT Have Another" by 1:00.
This is really disappointing. I was getting my hopes up to be able to see history happen. Hope the horse is ok.
It's 8:44 AM PST / 11:44 AM EST, and still no mention on the bottom line.
LEBRON LEBRON CC CC LEBRON LEBRON CC HEAT HEAT LEBRON
I completely quit watching ESPN months ago and I couldn't be happier with the results. My knowledge of LeBron, Tebow, Red Sox/Yankees, and the SEC has diminished greatly.
Except for a few games and the odd sighting at sportsbars, I literally haven't watched ESPN in at least 7 years. Don't miss it at all.
It is not ESPN but Foxsports has "We Won't Have Another" as the title for its cover article
Because it refers to a triple crown winner too.
Big Ten Blog lunch links intro line
"So I guess I Won't Have Another. "
It ende up as "Another Out of Belmont"
ESPN's headline is "Another out of Belmont".
Well I think the horse is going to get some enjoyment in his retirement with a line of mares waiting for him...
Well, you can scratch "watch the Belmont Stakes" off of pretty much everyone's plans.
for another year, but on the bright side, I'm happy the injury either occurred or was noticed before the race. The last thing anyone would want for the injury to have gone unnoticed or occur mid-race and for the horse to damage him/herself that much more.
I'll still watch, but I'm very disappointed and very sad. He came so close.
That's what she said.
Not racing. Try dullahan
Dullahan was my my pick at the Derby. He's the best closer, but I'm not convinced he'll have the stamina for his down the stretch sprint at the longer Belmont track though. Besides, I haven't checked the updated odds today yet, but the payout may not be worth it on him anymore...
Haven't you seen the movie?
What horse racing needs right now. With Saturdays sports lineup card being the Belmont, Stanley cup, Lbj game 7 and pacquiao fight. People are just going to go golf in the late afternoon and pay no attention to the race.
Too bad for Drug O'Neill. Glad he'll have nothing to celebrate.
Too bad. Woulda been cool to see highlights of it for the next twenty years...
Yea right, I'd rather watch grass grow than watch horse racing.
"Mr. Bobo Jangles" the golden retriever has pulled out of westminster this year
Guess I wont have to find a TV to watch the race Saturday as I will be @ Cincy watching the Tigers play.
I'll go with Paynter now.
I can't wait until football season gets going again. Could this be the first post on Mgoblog on horse racing (not that is isn't somewhat newsworthy, maybe).?
There were two posts on it. The race, then him winning. Where everyone complained that it should have just gone in the first post.
I'm a major horse racing fan, even though the sport has been in decline for years now. This is part of the reason--the breed is not as strong as it used to be, and injuries are up, taking potentially great horses out way too early
If the injury really is only tendinitis, requiring a few months of rest, why would O'Neill say he probably has run his last race. Seems to me he has plenty of time to get back, run a few races, and be ready for the Breeders Cup Classic in November.
Sad thing is, even without this injury, there is probably no way he was gonna run as a 4 year old. There is never any chance to see a horse develop these days. As soon as they have any success, its off the the breeding shed.
He did not enter Bodemeister in the Belmont after I'll Have Another nipped his horse at the wire twice at the Derby and the Preakness, concluding he just couldn't beat that horse.
does have a good shot with Paynter, who won an undercard race at Pimlico the day of the Preakness.
Not sure of Bodemeister's chances over 1.5-miles (even without IHA). He seems like more of speed horse, so there's a good chance he would run out of stream on the stretch.
I am a fan of horse racing. Went to the Derby this year and my wife and I had planned on spending the day partying it up at Northville Downs tomorrow. Words can't describe how crushed I am right now. Not to throw away by man card on something so petty when all things are considered, but I'm almost on the verge of tears right now.
Uhh, sorry. Not going to be able to read any of your posts going forward without thinking "This man is a first-class sissy."
Completely understandable. If it will change your mind at all, I just gave myself an indian burn as punishment for being a big sissy baby.
Maybe a bitch-slap would have been more appropriate!
Just kidding! My grandmother was pretty into horse racing and she was pretty manly.
Not good enough. If you really want to prove yourself, then you must eat 10 atomic wings from Quaker Steak and Lube, without wiping your mouth, drinking anything, or eating anything to help with the pain.
And you must do this whilst simultaneously taming two king cobras.
And in a few weeks the horse will be euthanized because it cannot race anymore, because you know, if it can't race for our entertainment and betting enjoyment, why should it even be alive? It's like the equivalent of saying, "Okay Unamed Runningback, your legs are gone and your career is done, so put this mask over your nose and mouth."
He will have the best life ever - They will ship in all the ladies he could ever want and party like it's 1999. Stud fees baby. Tough life, eat and fornicate
A horse with 2 triple crown race wins is headed in the opposite direction of being euthanized. This lucky guy will be on his way off to stud now. A more accurate analogy would be: A superstar QB with a superbowl ring and an mvp trophy or two has a career ending injury. The NFL says "sorry about that champ, you're not much good to us on the field now, but your potential offspring is. Here's 1000 women and a ticket to pound town. And we'll pay you for each one you do the deed with. Have a great life and make us some more future superstars."
Believe me, he'll be having a quite nice life from hereon out.
This is Tom Brady's actual retirement plan.
... but thousands (yes thousands) of other, less "accomplished" horses at obscure tracks will be. Drugged-up horses, broken legs, maimed jockeys, yeeesh. 3000+ dead horses from 2009-2011 alone according to a NYT article earlier this year.
I loved watching "Seabiscuit" (twice), but after reading that NYT piece, I can't get any enjoyment out of it again. Sorry to be Buzz Killington, but that sport is an unholy disgrace. I'd be ok if jockeys just ran themselves around the track (and got to fight with whips along the way, that would be a cool twist), but horses don't volunteer for this nonsense.
I don't want this to turn into an animals rights debate. But when it comes to domesticated animals, euthanasia is a common way they go out. Heck, at least 4 million cats and dogs are euthanized every year. No domestic animal volunteers for anything, whether they are going to be our dinner or be our house pet. Using horses for sport is something humans have done since they were domesticated. It's what many are bred to do. Like cows, they're a product, and once that product has served it's purpose, if it can't lead a meaningful, and pain free life in some other way, it may have more use to us deceased. Of course there are cases of mistreatment that should be dealt with, just like the assholes who overbreed and mistreat dogs. I respect and completely understand your decision and opinion, but as an animal lover in my own right, I respectfully feel different.
It's one thing with an elephant in captivity with not enough room to properly live it's life. Another for a domesticated animal that on average lives a lot better life in the care of people than it would as a stray or in the wild.
If dogs were breaking their legs doing tricks at the owner's behest, I'd be pretty damned pissed at the owner. I'm A-OK with keeping a horse as a companion animal including rides. I have no idea if show jumping causes similar carnage (my guess is not, given the lack of speed and presumably less incentive to drug the horses), but if it does, I'd be as vehemently opposed to that.
Domestic ownership would be expected to extend the health of an animal as long as you're not pushing them to do something associated with injury/death for sheer entertainment. I agree with you that millions of animals are euthanized each year (which is a total disgrace in and of itself considering the vast majority are perfectly healthy and adoptable), but it's not the euthanization that I'm arguing against-- it's what caused them to need to be put down that's unethical, in my opinion.
I think it's called "track."
My idea is way, way better.
1. They're little
2. They're colorfully dressed
3. They get to whip each other as they run
That's gold, Jerry. Gold.
will be getting laid a ton the rest of his life.
Yeah, but will he see any of the money? No. Fucking bullshit.
Don't like him? He's a friggin' horse.
he can be a bit of an ass sometimes.
Thanks for the update, but I cannot read a link to that rag, SI. They were always sketchy, but since they hired that weeping sore of a "writer" from the Freep, I have sworn off.
This morning's Tampa Bay Times had a nice article about how commercialization has resulted in horses being bred for speed and good looks instead of endurance, and how it has probably affected the Triple Crown.
I'll bet whoever wrote it thinks he has odorless feces now.