Jose Valdivia, Jr. rides Ruler on Ice #3 to victory over Javier Castellano and Stay Thirsty #2 during the 143rd running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 11, 2011.
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NEW YORK (AP) -- No Triple try, no turnout.
Not much buzz on the backstretch either in the hours before the Belmont Stakes is run without I'll Have Another and the possibility of a Triple Crown.
The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner injured his left front tendon and retired Friday, draining all the anticipation out of what could have been an historic day in thoroughbred racing. A crowd of 100,000 was expected, but that figure could drop significantly.
On racing fan said: "Everyone walking in here today is disappointed. We all wanted to see history, and a lot of people were thinking he had a really good chance."
I'll Have Another will appear in the winner's circle for a retirement ceremony before the Belmont Stakes.
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