Darron Cummings, associated press
Friday, June 8, 2012 | 11:45 a.m.
- Swollen tendon ends I’ll Have Another’s Triple Crown bid (June 8, 2012)
- Vegas experts weigh in on I’ll Have Another’s Triple Crown chances (June 8, 2012)
- Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another was ‘worst-case scenario’ for local book (May 7, 2012)
- I’ll Have Another wins Kentucky Derby (May 5, 2012)
- Kentucky Derby takes center stage in Las Vegas (May 3, 2012)
With I’ll Have Another no longer competing in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, several Las Vegas race and sports books are absolved from potentially having to pay out future wagers on a horse winning the Triple Crown.
That doesn’t mean local bookmakers were pleased when they heard news of I’ll Have Another’s swollen tendon Friday morning. On the contrary, it was a devastating blow to what looked like a promising weekend for the books.
Casinos were expecting large crowds and a betting handle that rivaled last month’s Kentucky Derby with a horse bidding to become the first Triple Crown winner since 1978. Betting volume won’t come close to approaching that level now.
As a 4-to-5 favorite on the morning line from Belmont Park, I’ll Have Another was expected to draw lopsided public action to win the race.
The updated Belmont odds list Dullahan, who finished third in the Kentucky Derby, as the favorite at 9-to-5. Union Rags, the seventh-place finisher in the derby after posting as the morning line favorite, is 5-to-2.
The two other projected contenders in the Belmont, Paynter and Street Life, are 4-to-1 and 6-to-1, respectively.