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I'll Have Another Scratched from Triple Crown Run at Belmont

Al Bello/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Sports fans were shocked Friday as I'll Have Another was scratched from the Belmont Stakes on the eve of his historic run for the triple crown.

Owner J. Paul Reddam and trainer Doug O'Neill said they have decided to retire the horse from racing after it was discovered Friday morning that the 3-year-old colt had the beginning of tendonitis in his left front tendon.

I'll Have Another was physically capable of competing on Saturday, Reddam and O'Neill said, but it would not have been in the horse's best interest.

"We have to do what's best for the horse and if he can't compete at the top level he's done enough," said Reddam during Friday's press conference. "I'm afraid history is going to have to wait for another day."

"It's extremely disappointing and I feel so sorry for the whole team," O'Neill said. "We've had such an amazing run."

The horse's withdrawal from the Belmont Stakes sucks much of the excitement out of the race which was expected to draw 100,000 people to the New York track and millions more to their TV sets. I'll Have Another would have been competing to be the first thoroughbred in 34 years to capture the triple crown. Affirmed was the last horse to win it in 1978.

The news comes after a tumultuous week at Belmont where the race was almost cancelled because of a labor strike. A tentative deal ended the strike threat.

I'll Have Another is scheduled to return home to California on Sunday or Monday.

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Belmont’s a Go for Triple Crown as Strike Is Scratched

Matthew Stockman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A tentative agreement has been reached between union workers and the New York Racing Association, ending a two year labor dispute that could have disrupted I’ll Have Another’s quest for the Triple Crown on Saturday.

“I don’t know the details of it. I just know a deal has been struck and they’re working it out to sign things and are trying to get it ratified today,” said Vincent McElronen, financial secretary of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 3. “We look forward to putting the horses in the gate on Saturday.”

Members of the union were authorized in April to go on strike after they were unable to reach an agreement with the New York Racing Association regarding scheduling and wage disputes. NYRA warned that the union could strike before this weekend, disrupting the prime time race.

The NYRA’s last best offer was a 30 percent reduction in wages and benefits, McElronen told ABC News on Tuesday.

The NYRA has also changed the workweek for union members at its three tracks of Belmont, Aqueduct and Saratoga, he said. The work week had been Monday to Friday, but was changed to Wednesday through Sunday — effectively stripping them of the overtime they used to earn for working weekend events. No races are run at NYRA tracks on Mondays and Tuesdays.

The highly-anticipated Belmont Stakes, called “The Test of Champions” will draw an estimated 100,000 fans. Millions more will be watching on TV as I’ll Have Another tries to become the first thoroughbred to win the Triple Crown since 1978.

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