In a huge blow to the horse racing world, trainer Doug O'Neill has announced that Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I'll Have Another won't be running the Belmont Stakes on Saturday.
I'll Have Another, who would have been going after the first Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978, has been scratched and won't run, as reported on the Dan Patrick show.
This is quite unfortunate to both NBC and the world of horse racing, since it drastically decreases interest in Saturday's race.
Instead of potentially outstanding ratings and a huge interest boost while I'll Have Another seeks history, they're now left without the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, and also missing another one of the favorites, Bodemeister.
It looks like it's time for people to go back to the real world, in which no one actually cares about horse racing.
While some people pretend to care, the fact is that horse racing is hardly even acknowledged outside the 3 Triple Crown races, and no one really knows what they're talking about when they discuss the races.
Perhaps this is actually a blessing in disguise. Hopefully, ESPN will ignore the irrelevance that this race has become, and focuses on something more important.
Like... well, anything.
I'll Have Another is out of the Belmont Stakes, can't win Triple Crown