Since the announcement of I’ll Have Another’s scratch was not made by track announcer Tom Durkin until 1:14 p.m., shortly after the press conference began that made his retirement official, some advance bets on I’ll Have Another were made at Belmont yesterday.
All of those wagers are available for cancellation at any Belmont Park mutuel window with a live teller. When the Belmont Stakes is declared official, most tickets that were not canceled in advance become refundable.
Online and phone wagers on I’ll Have Another made through NYRA Rewards, except for the pick 6 and pick 4, will be automatically refunded into customers’ accounts after the race is official.
If you used I’ll Have Another in the pick 6 and pick 4, you must cancel those bets in advance — before the sixth race for the pick 6, before the eighth race for the all-graded stakes pick 4 and before the 10th race for the late pick 4. Otherwise, you will automatically be assigned the post-time favorite for the Belmont in I’ll Have Another’s place.
* I’ll Have Another was supposed to lead the post parade for today’s Belmont, but that decision was scuttled late yesterday after much skepticism. But Dr. Larry Bramlage, the on-call veterinarian for the Belmont Stakes, said participating in the parade would not have harmed the horse.
“I’ll Have Another’s ability to lead the post parade for [the] Belmont Stakes is an illustration of the character of his injury,” Bramlage said. “It is absolutely of no concern for sub-maximal exercise, but would be a concern at a mile-and-a-half at full speed. Therefore, I have no concern for his appearance on the racetrack at the head of the Belmont field.”