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2012 Belmont Stakes: I'll Have Another Almost Involved In Training Accident

The last horse to win the vaunted Triple Crown was Affirmed in 1978. That was 34 years ago.

After winning the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, I'll Have Another is the 13/10, odds-on favorite to win the Belmont Stakes on June 9th and capture the elusive Triple Crown. But it almost came crashing down this afternoon according to the horse's embattled trainer, Doug O'Neill.

CBS New York has more on this story:

O'Neil says his Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner was walking a few feet from the outside rail when another horse threw his rider and came "screaming up the outside rail" in the same direction I'll Have Another was walking.

The trainer says the horse went between the rail and I'll Have Another, and that exercise rider Jonny Garcia told him the horse grazed his boot. The trainer feared a disastrous collision was imminent.

Thankfully, catastrophe was averted and I'll Have Another's Triple Crown hopes are still alive.

For lots more on the Belmont Stakes and the Triple Crown, please visit And Down the Stretch they Come.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.