Horse fans say River Downs crowds smaller without I'll Have Another

Anderson Twp, Ohio - The running of the Belmont Stakes should have made Saturday one of the most exciting days in horse racing, but it's not.
          
"I'll Have Another" was a favorite to become the first Triple Crown winner in three decades until an injury took the horse out of the race.
         
From what fans are saying at River Downs, casual horse racing fans are showing their disappointment over "I'll Have Another" being scratched from the Belmont Stakes by simply not showing up to watch the race at the track.

Die hard racing fans say that if there could be a Triple Crown winner, River Downs and other Tri-state horse racing tracks would be packed with fans.
        
They say the crowds are just about average for a Saturday where River Downs is offering live local racing as well as a simulcast of the Belmont Stakes.
        
It's expected betting is taking a significant hit as well without a Triple Crown hopeful.
        
The stunning development of no Triple Crown horse this year is also taking its toll at Belmont Park in New York, where expected crowds may be cut in half.
         
I'll Have Another was sidelined and forced into early retirement on Friday, after it was discovered that the 3-year old had a serious tendon injury.
        
It was news fans here, either coped with, or took pretty hard.

"I'm very disappointed. I was hoping to see I'll Have Another race into history today. But there are other horses to bet on. The weather is good. There's still a crowd here and that makes for a good reason to be here," said Mark Napier of Anderson Township.

The Belmont Stakes is scheduled to post at 6:40 p.m. Saturday.

The one thing we already know for sure, is that after 34 years of waiting, there will not be a new Triple Crown winner in 2012.

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