|Trainer Doug O'Neil at a press conference announcing the retired of the Triple Crown hopeful.|
"He has been showing a little bit of ‑‑ you know, he has been quiet the last few days of galloping, but his legs have been great," said O'Neil. Yesterday he galloped great, but in the afternoon we noticed some loss of definition in his left front leg to which, like every other owner and trainer we prayed he just kind of hit himself and it was just a little bit of skin irritation, we did him up in a special poultice."
When questioned about the change of time in his morning gallop, O'Neil and Reddum clarified that the early exercise was previously planned.
"Well, if he didn't look 100 percent this morning, I wouldn't have," continued O'Neil. "But you know, after yesterday afternoon, the intent was to take him out real early when it was quiet. And one of the negatives to this detention barn is that 8:30 everyone is heading out and you've got, you know, ten to 12 horses all trying to go to the track, all trying to be on the wash rack. It gets congested. I wanted a real quiet time with him."
|Real estate was precious at the Belmont Stakes barn during the press conference.|
The scratch of the Triple Crown hopeful leaves a field of eleven and Dullahan becomes the new morning line favorite. I'll Have Another, now not a Belmont contender now moved back in with Lava Man to Barn 9.