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I'll Have Another and Lava Man at 2012 Preakness Stakes 2012 (Wikipedia)

(Brief Update: Union Rags won Belmont Saturday, June 9, 2012.)

Watchwoman: The owner and trainer are doing the right thing scratching this ill horse, I’ll Have Another.  God’s Word commands us to regard the life of our animals and to take good care of them.

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[Proverbs 12:10]  A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

Although I’m not into horse racing, every year we watch the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont.  It is just a huge part of Americana!  —  (NASCAR is our thing and 99% of the time, they pray in the Name of Jesus!  Always a thrill for me to hear.)

Nevertheless, I love animals.  Horses are just so kind looking, so svelte, muscular, well toned, with a sleekness which is most pleasant to the eye — plus they have the most fetching faces.  Their personalities, well, they are perky and who doesn’t like perky!  Who couldn’t just love those little snorts they make as they toss their head over to the side.  Awwwwww.

Who couldn’t appreciate a horse prancing in a parade?  Walking sideways.  All the typical things we recall in our minds’ eye remembering a horse.

What more stress-reducing pastoral picture in one’s mind than viewing horses gently grazing in a field with a white fence enclosing them?

What more exciting picture of complete freedom than picturing in the mind a wild herd of horses charging forward through the land, dust flying about. Who wouldn’t want to be among them?

What child hasn’t pictured himself on a horse saving the world from a threat?

Who couldn’t love a horse? After all, God created them!

Obviously God loves horses!  The Bible tells us that Our Lord Jesus Christ will return to this final earthly battle as the Conquering King on a White Horse!  [Revelation 19]

[Genesis 1:24-25].  However, man is above the animals and man has dominion over them. [Genesis 1:26].

Adam, in the Garden was given the responsibility to name every animal. [Genesis 2:20] And to care for them.

I am very sorry to hear about I’ll Have Another’s tendinitis.

Oh, I know from my own personal experience just how painful and crippling tendinitis is.  It will put you completely out of commission.

We, like most of the rest of novices and long-term experts about horse racing were likely all cheering for I’ll Have Another to take the Triple Crown.

A Little Background on I’ll Have Another

I'll Have Another raced to win, you could see his desire to be first!

I’ll Have Another (foaled April 1, 2009) is a North American Thoroughbred race horse, bred in Kentucky, owned by Canadian businessman J. Paul Reddam and trained by Doug O’Neill.[2] In May 2012, ridden by Mario Gutierrez, he won the first two legs of the Triple Crown by taking the Kentucky Derby with a time of 2:01.83.[3] and the Preakness Stakes in 1:55.94. On the day before the Belmont Stakes, he was withdrawn from competition due to tendonitis, ending his chances of winning the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing. (Wikipedia)

I’ll Have Another is a chestnut horse sired by the Travers Stakes winner Flower Alley. Flower Alley’s sire, Distorted Humor, was also the sire of 2003 Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide. In September 2010, as a yearling, I’ll Have Another was sent to the Keeneland sales where he was bought for $11,000 by Victor M. Davila.[4] Davila, an exercise rider, broke and trained the colt before sellling him as a two-year-old to J. Paul Reddam for $35,000 at the Ocala Breeder’s sale.[5] The colt’s name was inspired by Reddam’s reply when his “wife asks him if he wants more of her fresh-baked cookies, “It just seems like a perfect name!” he later said.”[6] (Wikipedia)


HE WON'T HAVE ANOTHER: Triple Crown hopeful scratched from Belmont...




by Mike Cole on Fri, Jun 8, 2012 at 11:40AM

I’ll Have Another Horse racing was dealt a devastating blow on Friday morning. Trainer Doug O’Neill confirmed that his horse, I’ll Have Another, won’t run in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday afternoon.

O’Neill confirmed that news on The Dan Patrick Show. O’Neill cited injury as the reason the horse won’t run in the race.

“It’s his left front leg,” O’Neill told the show.

“This morning, he looked perfect. I took him and did a little something with him and after training, the swelling came back.”

O’Neill also said that the horse looked like it was suffering from tendinitis. I’ll Have Another was looking to win the first Triple Crown since Affirmed took home all three of horse racing’s biggest races in 1978.

“We ain’t taking any chances,” he said.

“There are people who are going to want to slap me around, but I have to do what’s best for the horse.” O’Neill also told the show that he doesn’t see I’ll Have Another racing again. The horse improbably won the Kentucky Derby, entering the race at 15-to-1 odds.

I’ll Have Another then captured the imagination of horse racing fans by winning the Preakness last month.

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Triple Crown hopeful I’ll Have Another retires from horse racing

Excerpt:  “Yesterday he galloped great, but in the afternoon we noticed some loss of definition in his left front leg,” addressing the media outside the Belmont barns while I’ll Have Another grazed nearby …  Immediately we got Dr. Hunt over here and he scanned him and he said it was the start of tendinitis in his left front tendon … “He looks great. He’s sound. He went great this morning. He looks super (but) you just can’t take a chance. He’s too valuable of a horse and we love him to death like all of them,” he said. “You wouldn’t run a horse if you think something might happen.”

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Posted by Donna Calvin — Friday, June 08, 2012


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