Keeneland says it will continue with Saturday's celebration of the Belmont on Saturday. Instead of focusing on the possibility of a
Triple Crown winner, the event will celebrate the career of I'll Have Another, which was scratched from the race Friday.
Julie Balog, director of communications at Keeneland, says the race course has special love for the colt. "Keeneland has strong connections with I'll Have Another", she said. "We sold him for $11,000 when he was a yearling. He has gone on to win $2.5 million and more at the race track in purse money."
When the owner and trainer of I'll Have Another announced Friday afternoon that the horse would not run in the Belmont, due to a leg injury, Balog says it was tough to hear. "It was really huge news, but it was disappointing for the fans because so many fans especially casual ones were really tuning in to Belmont looking forward to maybe seeing history" said Balog.
Despite the news, Keeneland still plans to continue on with its festivities on Saturday. "Belmont is in its own right a very big day of racing so it would've been great to watch a Triple Crown winner but we're still going to have a good day out here" said Balog.
They had made some cookies in support of I'll Have Another to sell on Saturday and say they are still going to sell them as a fundraiser for the Make A Wish Foundation.
Admission and parking at Keeneland is free on Saturday. Gates open at 9:00am.