I'll Have Another scratch spoils book's monster Saturday

The horse racing world isn’t the only one mourning what could have been the first Triple Crown since 1978.

Race books in Las Vegas and offshore are sour after it was announced that I’ll Have Another would be scratched from Saturday’s Belmont Stakes. The possibility of the first Triple Crown in 34 years was expected to bring in a state-wide handle that would rival the Kentucky Derby – the most-heavily bet event in horse racing – according to one longtime Las Vegas oddsmaker.

“It’s a pain in the ass,” Jimmy Vaccaro, of Lucky’s Race and Sportsbooks, told Covers. “It was building up to be a monster Saturday. I’ve never seen anything like this before.”

I’ll Have Another’s trainer, Dan O’Neill, announced the scratch on the Dan Patrick Show Friday morning, sighting an injury for the withdraw. Not only does the absence of a Triple Crown hopeful hurt the racing side for books, but it throws a wrench into what is shaping up to be a huge weekend for sports bettors.

“You won’t have that crowd coming to watch history in the making,” says Vaccaro. “It’ll still do well but it’s lost all the excitement and we won’t get those bettors.”

The Belmont Stakes was the afternoon bridge between morning action in the European Soccer Championship and French Open tennis and that evening’s playoff games in the NBA and NHL, as well as the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley fight.

“It takes away a lot of the luster,” says Vaccaro. “You couldn’t have asked for a better day in terms of how the time spread was built. Now that’s all up in the air.”

I’ll Have Another was a +140 favorite for the Belmont. Dullahan and Union Rags, who were priced at +450 before the scratch, are expected to move to the top of the Belmont Stakes odds.

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Posted by hanxranx
2 years ago

Don't leave the 1.Street Life out, the "now" horse.........2nd time blinks, great local connections and off a really good GrII race over the course.
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Posted by 4headies
2 years ago

Exacta, Tri, Super: 2. Unstoppable U 3. Union Rags 5. Dullahan (WPS) 9. Paynter 12. My Adonis
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Posted by hanxranx
2 years ago

After reading the 2 of the3 most recent comments above, it's very clear why the casinos own those big hotels and resorts. It's idiots like this that would rather bet the horse at 3/5, risk having him break down and/or cause other traffic trouble. Their next version will be if the horse ran and lost the Mafia were going to cut off his head and throw it in the owner's bed. And the one guy is a hockey genius too. Get a life you two.The owner stood to clear $5Mil with a win. Whaddaya think the Mafia paid him and what did they gain? Duh!!
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Posted by catsnake
2 years ago

This is such BS!!! I don't know why no one seems to be looking into the fact that this may be a made up injury!! If the horse loses, he loses some serious value as has probably happened to the likes of others who failed at the last leg and maybe they're thinking, hey if we say he's heard the "what if" could pay us more through breeding than a loss would have. Now of course if he won it would be jackpot city but they may have figured it wiser to not be too greedy and just settle in the middle rather than gamble the loss. NO guts no friggin glory!! People should boycott these owners and not give a penny for breeding.
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Posted by 666LES
2 years ago

It's a mafia scam to scratch a disabled horse(tendonitious) that was going to go off at 3/5 or 1/2 and would have a million on his nose?I would think east coast scum would know how to make some money on this situation.
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Posted by cloverboy
2 years ago

I will NEVER, make a bet off track or otherwise for a NEW YORK track as long as i live !! This was a mafia scam from the get go. Just read my other posts from the NHL FINAL playoffs !!! it's at my My Space link. I called this scam two weeks ago. See for yourself. East Coast Scum is the reason for this.
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Posted by 666LES
2 years ago

"It's a mafia scam to scratch a disabled horse(tendonitious) that was going to go off at 3/5 or 1/2 and would have a million on his nose?I would think east coast scum would know how to make some money on this situation."