After horse racing fans -- and those who briefly become horse racing fans (and gamblers) each year -- spent two weeks getting amped up for the first Triple Crown victory since Affirmed in 1978, trainer Doug O'Neil put an end to the excitement by revealing that I'll Have Another will be just the third horse ever to win the Kentucky Derby and Preakness but not even race in the Belmont Stakes.
According to Matt Hegarty of Daily Racing Forum, the New York Racing Association will take a major blow, noting that the attendance topped six figures in three of the last four years in which a Triple Crown could be won. The television ratings will likely take a hit, too. In the big picture, the sport itself will suffer from the lost excitement.
But, most importantly, how will sports fans who planned on attending or watching I'll Have Another's Triple Crown fill their Saturday afternoon? Here are a few ideas of things you could -- some relating to sports and some.. not -- instead of watching the Belmont.