Nightly News | June 08, 2012
>>> now to the story people have been talking about all day. the news that broke a lot of hearts and scuttled a lot of betting plans today. triple crown contender i'll have another is not only out of this weekend's belmont stakes , he's out of racing all together. nbc's anne thompson with us tonight from new york. good evening.
>> good evening, brian. devastating is the word you heard most here today. you know, you have to go all the way back to 1936 to find another triple crown contender that did not run the belmont. history will now add i'll have another to that list. the words were as hard to hear as they were for own er paul reddam to say.
>> this is officially to tell you that i'll have another is retired.
>> the 3-year-old who shocked the racing world at the kentucky derby .
>> i'll have another has won the kentucky derby .
>> and nabbed the preakness title.
>> there's the winner, i'll have another!
>> triple crown , baby. come on. baltimore, new york, come on, why not?
>> why not? tendinitis, developed in his front leg, scratching him from the triple crown .
>> could he run and compete? yes, but would it be in his best interest? no.
>> doug o'neill said they first suspected trouble yesterday, and then after a work out today, the leg swells. veterinarians said it would be three to six months before he could run again.
>> it was unanimous between the reddams and my brother and i and everyone to retire him.
>> the news deflated the hopes of many who wanted to see him race tomorrow.
>> trainer oneill is a controversial figure, accused of medication violations with other horses. he told bob costas said no such ishii involved i'll have another.
>> he's clean and has been through every drug test and physical known to man. he's just a natural champ.
>> do you see any connection there? any possibility this injury is a result of dosing?
>> i don't think it's a possibility. i think it's a real stretch to try to assume that from anyone's standpoint, bought this is not, again, an uncommon injury on a race horse . they pull tendons, train tendons, eventually every day somewhere racing, somewhere in training.
>> tomorrow, i'll have another will lead the post parade here, a small consolation for a horse favored to win it all.
>> something about this horse, anne, captured the imaginations of so many people.