NEW YORK -- No Triple try, not much buzz for the Belmont Stakes.

With I'll Have Another retired with a tendon injury, and no Triple Crown on the line when the field of 11 3-year-olds line up for the 144th running of the Belmont, there wasn't much excitement among fans entering the huge racetrack hours before the race.

The stunning development Friday drained all the anticipation out of what could have been an historic day in thoroughbred racing. A crowd of 100,000 was expected, but that figure could drop significantly. NBC, which is broadcasting the event, has had to make major changes in its coverage, and New York Racing Association officials were hoping for the best despite the obvious drop in interest.

The weather could be factor, too. The forecast for the 6:40 p.m. post time is calling for a 30-40 percent chance of rain with temperatures in the high 70s.

"The sentiment around here is disappointment," said Ash Solanki, who arrived at Belmont Park with several friends Saturday morning. "We all wanted to see history, and a lot of people were thinking he had a really good chance. It's the Belmont, so it will still be exciting."

I'll Have Another won't be running in the Belmont, and now he also won't be walking with the field in the post parade before the race. NYRA officials changed course Saturday, announcing that the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner will instead be led to the winner's circle before the race for a retirement ceremony.

"We felt that this would be a fitting ceremonial retirement for an incredible racehorse," I'll Have Another's trainer Doug O'Neill said. "There are many fans who traveled from near and far to see I'll Have Another today, and we wanted to give them a chance to help us send him off to retirement."

I'll Have Another was back in the barn he stayed in at the track before being moved – along with the other Belmont horses – on Wednesday into a detention barn ordered by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board for safety and security reasons.

There were no traffic issues near the track, like there have been for Triple tries, and yellow school buses used to shuttle fans from parking lots to the grandstand were all but empty early in the day.

The last time a Triple Crown was on the line was 2008, when a crowd of 94,476 watched Big Brown's failed attempt. Last year, without a Triple at stake, 55,779 showed up for Ruler on Ice's win at odds of 24-1.

In the three weeks since I'll Have Another won the Preakness to set the stage for a 12th Triple try since Affirned was the last to succeed in 1978, NYRA said all clubhouse and grandstand seats had been sold – about 21,000. Also, 1,278 boxes (four to six people) were sold and all the dining areas were booked. In addition, about 5,000 general admission tickets were sold online.

"We have a very nice crowd at Belmont Park, and fans are enthused for a great day of racing," NYRA's director of communications Dan Silver said. "Although there isn't a Triple Crown possibility, there is a great atmosphere at the track. We credentialed more than 1,000 media for the day and have had very few cancellations."

Mario Gutierrez, the young jockey of I'll Have Another, will be riding three horses on the Belmont undercard.

"Everyone wanted to come and see my horse and we were excited for today," he said. "Everything happens for a reason. We're not competing in the race anymore, but it's my pleasure to be here."

Peter Rotondo, an avid racing fan, stood outside the entrance to the track, Daily Racing Form in one hand, a pen in the other.

"We're waiting 34 years for a Triple Crown, and sure this is disappointing," he said. "This a disappointment for a lot of fans, but it's still the Belmont Stakes. And the race is going to be great."

Just not as great as it could have been.

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    Trainer Doug O'Neil looks on as I'll Have Another grazes after a press conference outside of barn two on June 8, 2012 in Elmont, New York.

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    Trainer Doug O'Neil stands with I'll Have Another after a press conference outside of barn two on June 8, 2012 in Elmont, New York.

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    Trainer Doug O'Neil walks with I'll Have Another during a press conference outside of barn two on June 8, 2012 in Elmont, New York.

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    The hooves of I'll Have Another are seen outside of barn two on June 8, 2012 in Elmont, New York.

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    Exercise rider Jonny Garcia takes Triple Crown hopefull I'll Have Another over the track in preparation for the 144th Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 7, 2012 in Elmont, New York.

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    Doug O'Neill, trainer of Triple Crown Hopefull I'll Have Another places on a cover after a morning workout at Belmont Park on June 7, 2012 in Elmont, New York.

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    Triple Crown Hopefull I'll Have Another is bathed with exercise rider Jonny Garcia looking on after a morning workout at Belmont Park on June 7, 2012 in Elmont, New York.

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    Triple Crown hopefull I'll Have Another walks the track with exercise rider Jonny Garcia and Stable Pony Lava Man during a morning workout at Belmont Park on June 5, 2012 in Elmont, New York.

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    Triple Crown hopefull I'll Have Another is ridden by exercise riderJonny Garcia during a morning workout at Belmont Park on June 2, 2012 in Elmont, New York.

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    Triple Crown hopefull I'll Have Another is ridden by exercise riderJonny Garcia during a morning workout at Belmont Park on June 2, 2012 in Elmont, New York.

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    Kentucky Derby, and Preakness winner I'll Have Another is walked in his barn at Belmont Park on May 21, 2012 in Elmont, New York.

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    Mario Gutierrez on I'll Have Another edges out Bodemeister riden by Mike Smith to win the 137th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 19, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.

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    Jockey Mario Gutierrez celebrates in the winners circle after riding I'll Have Another to win the 137th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 19, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.

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    Mario Gutierrez on I'll Have Another edges out Bodemeister riden by Mike Smith to win the 137th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 19, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.

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    Mario Gutierrez on I'll Have Another edges out Bodemeister riden by Mike Smith to win the 137th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 19, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.

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    Mario Gutierrez on I'll Have Another (L) edges out Bodemeister (R) ridden by Mike Smith to win the 137th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 19, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.

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    Jockey Mike Smith aboard Bodemeister (R) leads the field and jockey Mario Gutierrez on I'll Have Another (L) out of the fourth turn during the 137th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 19, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.

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    I'll Have Another ridden by Mario Gutierrez comes ahead at the finish to beat Bodemeister ridden by Mike Smith to win the 137th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 19, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.

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    I'll Have Another, ridden by Mario Gutierrez, crosses the finish line ahead of Boedmeister, ridden by Mike Smith, to win the 137th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 19, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.

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    Jockey Mike Smith aboard Bodemeister (R) leads the field and jockey Mario Gutierrez on I'll Have Another (L) out of the fourth turn during the 137th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 19, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.

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    I'll Have Another #9 ridden by Mario Gutierrez beats Bodemeister #7 ridden by Mike E. Smith at the finish line to win the 137th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 19, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.

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    I'll Have Another ridden by Mario Gutierrez crosses the finish line to win the 137th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 19, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.

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    Mario Gutierrez is congratulated by Dennis O'Neill after riding I'll Have Another to win the 137th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 19, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.

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    Exercise rider Jonny Garcia takes I'll Have Another over the track in preparation for the 137th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 17, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.

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    Exercise rider Jonny Garcia walks I'll Have Another to the track in preparation for the 137th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 16, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.

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    Mario Gutierrez (L) atop I'll Have Another is led to the starters gate before the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    Mario Gutierrez (L) comes down the final stretch atop I'll Have Another ahead of Bodemeister ridden by Mike Smith (R) during the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby ahead of at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    Mario Gutierrez (L) comes down the final stretch atop I'll Have Another ahead of Bodemeister ridden by Mike Smith (R) during the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby ahead of at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    Mario Gutierrez seen in purple silks atop I'll Have Another comes down the front stretch at start of the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    Mario Gutierrez seen in purple silks atop I'll Have Another (4th R) and the field take the first turn during the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    Mario Gutierrez celebrates atop I'll Have Another after winning the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    Mario Gutierrez smiles atop I'll Have Another after winning the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    Mario Gutierrez celebrates atop I'll Have Another after winning the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby ahead of Bodemeister ridden by Mike Smith at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    I'll Have Another ridden by Mario Gutierrez leads the pack down the final stretch during the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby ahead of at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    Jockey Mario Guitierrez aboard I'll Have Another reacts as an outrider escorts him to the winners circle after winning the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    Mario Gutierrez celebrates atop I'll Have Another after winning the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    Mario Gutierrez (L) comes down the final stretch atop I'll Have Another ahead of Bodemeister ridden by Mike Smith during the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby ahead of at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    Mario Gutierrez celebrates atop I'll Have Another after winning the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby ahead of Bodemeister ridden by Mike Smith at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    Mario Gutierrez celebrates atop I'll Have Another after winning the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    I'll Have Another trains in preparation for the 138th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    I'll Have Another is led over the track in preparation for the 138th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 2, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.