I’ll Have Another’s bid for the Triple Crown ended on Friday, June 8, when it was announced that he had been scratched from the Belmont Stakes due to inflammation in his left front superficial tendon.
“I’m afraid history is going to have to wait for another day,” said I’ll Have Another’s owner, Paul Reddam, who in concurrence with trainer Doug O’Neill has decided to officially retire the colt from racing with career earnings of $2,693,600 and an unblemished 3-year-old record with wins in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, Santa Anita Derby and Robert Lewis Stakes.
I’ll Have Another joins the ranks of two other Kentucky Derby and Preakness winners denied by injury of a shot at the Triple Crown: Burgoo King in 1932 and Bold Venture in 1936.
Burgoo King injured an ankle in the Withers Stakes, which was run one week prior to the Belmont Stakes that year, and later returned to racing.
Bold Venture developed tendonitis in his right front leg and was retired from racing. In 1939, he was purchased by King Ranch and became the only horse to sire two Kentucky Derby winners, both out of King Ranch mares. In 1946, Assault became the seventh Triple Crown champion in turf history and the only Texas-bred horse, to date, to win the Triple Crown. Middleground, also by Bold Venture, won the 1950 Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes.
Bold Venture also sired Miss Princess, three-time Quarter Horse world champion running horse, as well as Depth Charge, half-brother to 1943 Triple Crown champion Count Fleet.
Although Depth Charge, also owned by King Ranch, had an undistinguished career on the track, he became a top sire of Quarter Horse runners and can be found in the pedigrees of many of Quarter racing’s great champions.