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06/07/2012 01:13 pm ET

Triple Crown 2012 Countdown: Belmont Stakes Alibis (PHOTOS)

I'll Have Another is going for another.

The 2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner will try to make history on Saturday, trying to become only the 12th horse to ever win the Triple Crown.

Even though Bodemeister was favored to win at both Churchill Downs and Pimlico, it was I'll Have Another who crossed the finish line first. Not surprisingly, I'll Have Another is the early favorite at the Belmont.

Over the years, 30 horses have arrived at the Belmont Stakes with a shot at the Triple Crown, but those dreams have often been crushed at the third leg. Of those 19 who failed, some had better excuses than others.

Here are some of the alibis of the horses that came up short. If I'll Have Another can't pull off the trifecta on Saturday then what will the excuse be this time around?

(All captions via AP)

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