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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The sudden scratch is impacting the horse community here in Louisville.
People we talked to this morning were just shocked to hear I'll Have Another is out of tomorrow's race.
But tonight as it starts to really sink in, the atmosphere here at Churchill Downs has switched gears from disbelief to disappointment.
Rex Upton, a Jeffersonville resident, came out to the track to spend the afternoon with his wife.
He says, "It's a sad day for racing, very sad."
It was a Cinderella story the nation was rooting for.
It's been 34 years since we've had a Triple Crown winner.
When I'll Have Another dropped out of the Belmont Stakes, word spread fast.
Peggy Rueve, who is visiting from Cincinnati, says, "I was disappointed because that was really exciting going in, the possibility of having a Triple Crown winner because we haven't had one in so long."
Fans felt for the horse community, but as a trainer, Joanie Cook understands what the team is going through.
Cook says, "A tendon is not good and it would be worse if something happened in the race."
She says they made the right decision, but it's devastating.
Cook says, "I was really sad because horse racing really needs something to root for."
While making history, is history, everyone hopes they have something to look forward to next year.