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Belmont Stakes: I'll Have Another Scratched, Triple Crown Hopes Doused

The world will have to wait another year for a Triple Crown winner as I'll Have Another, the winner of the 2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, has officially been scratched from Saturday's race, according to trainer Doug O'Neill.

In an interview on the Dan Patrick Show on Friday, O'Neill noted horse is being removed for precautionary reasons.

O'Neill said, "We ain't taking any chances," and that the scratch "is a bummer, but far from tragic."

O'Neill also suggested that I'll Have Another may have run his last professional race.

There were some rumors of a possible injury before the announcement, but O'Neill did not mention anything specific in that regard. An official press conference to announce his removal has been scheduled for 1 p.m. ET.

For more on the Belmont Stakes and the race for the Triple Crown check out SB Nation's horse racing blog And Down The Stretch They Come.

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