Belmont excitement fizzles as I’ll Have Another drops out
On Friday trainer Doug O’Neill said in an appearance on the syndicated Dan Patrick ESPN radio show that I'll Have Another, winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, has a tendon injury that will keep him out of the Belmont and could threaten his racing career.
The colt has “a little problem with his left front leg,” O’Neill told Patrick, adding that he believed it was the “start of some tendinitis.”
According to a Washington Post story, the trainer added that the injury was not life-threatening but could signal the end of the colt's racing career:
“It’s a bummer, but far from tragic,” O’Neill said. Asked if his racing career was over, O’Neill responded, “If I had to wager...yes. [The horse] will be seeing a lot of mares and smoking a lot of cigarettes.”
According to owner Paul Reddam heat was discovered in one of I’ll Have Another’s legs the afternoon of June 7. Although Reddam added that the colt jogged fine on the morning of June 8, a subsequent scan after his trip to the track showed inflamation and the decision was made to scratch the son of Flower Alley from the Belmont.
I’ll Have Another was going to attempt to become the 12th winner of the Triple Crown at Belmont Park after winning the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and Preakness Stakes (both gr. I). His June 8 gallop occurred at 5:30 in the morning instead of his normal routine of going out at 8:30 with the rest of the Belmont Stakes horses.
A 1 p.m. press conference at Belmont Park has been scheduled with O’Neill and owner Paul Reddam to discuss the status of I’ll Have Another.
To post a comment, please log into your IND account. If you do not have an account, click the "register" button to create one. Facebook comments can be used as an alternative to creating an account at theIND.com.
OCT 1 Bobby Jindal is sure doing his best to court the far right; this post on TIME magazine says he'll be over in Oklahoma today to stand beside the billionaires who own Hobby Lobby while they announce a Bible "museum." In Washington D.C. (Wonder if there will be an exhibit on Matthew 19:24?)
OCT 1 Blogger Ian McGibboney is taking a look at the penalty call that is causing a stir. During a Monday NFL game, a player for the Chiefs executed a Muslim prayer gesture following a touchdown. The NFL has announced that the call was wrong, but Ian's not so sure.
OCT 1 Looks like hoards of whining college students and (extremely unflattering) satire can make a difference: The Advocate reports here that lease talks have reopened for Highland Coffees, a coffee shop near the north gates of LSU. Earlier this week, dismay was unleashed when the paper reported that the shop would be closing because its landlord had other plans for the space.
OCT 1 Blogger Mike Deshotels is outlining the flaws he sees in the so-called "Value Added Model" of teacher evaluation. It basically seeks to pay teachers according to how their students do on tests. (Sure hope they don't start using that model for doctors!) He's got a lot of information here, not just about the plan but about the people involved - and their history.
OCT 1 Columnist Jim Beam breaks down the difference between ISIS and ISIL, along with origins of each group and what has been reported about them over the years. It's a good clear primer if you're one of those continually confused by the names being thrown around.
OCT 1 Blogger Tom Aswell brings us up to date on the latest mess surrounding the Office of Group Benefits, which handles health insurance for state employees. It ain't pretty, and it has left Tom pleading for anyone who might be remotely competent in the Division of Administration to get in touch with him.
OCT 1 Look out! Some enterprising individual, who knows how to register a domain, has pulled off a stunning bit of hilarity here. Not long ago, blogger Lamar White Jr. gave us a post on Louisiana Family Forum, and how it is not a charity but is instead a tax shelter for a lobby. If you go to the interwebs and type in "louisianafamilyforum.com" you will find Lamar's story. Heh.
SEP 30 Here's another story that makes Louisiana look backward; blogger Manny Schewitz writes about a church that won't allow AA to use its facilities because those boozers might track in some gay. Every time he sees one of these, as he calls them "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" type of stories, he always starts wishing: "Please don't let it be Louisiana... Please don't let it be Louisiana..."
SEP 30 This post on PoliticusUSA, an extremely liberal blog, takes aim at Bobby Jindal's disingenuous attempts to play both sides against the middle on the evolution/creationism issue. Jindal is "dutifully serving his Koch masters" on the climate change issue as well, blogger Rmuse writes.
SEP 30 Ever wonder what goes on in a football locker room following a game like Sunday's embarrassment? Here's a post on ESPN about the "reality check" the Saints had. Among the comments: "Right now we're not a very good football team."
Read the Flipping Paper!
Click Here for the Entire Print Version of IND Monthly