Belmont Stakes betting excitement was building for a return of Eskendereya from injury for a final Triple Crown race run with the Belmont Stakes odds.
Eskendereya was considered to be one of the best horses to come out in the three year old class within the last decade and was a horse betting odds futures favorite to win the Kentucky Derby along with having a real shot at becoming the first Triple Crown winning horse since Affirmed in 1978.
Eskendereya caught the attention of everyone involved in horse racing gambling after his blowout win in the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct in New York which is one of the most prestigious Kentucky Derby prep races run each spring.
But a tissue injury in his left front leg kept him from running in the Kentucky Derby and what will ultimately go down as the reason for his abrupt retirement.
Owner Ahmed Zayat said that Eskendereya was sold to winemaker Jess Jackson’s Stonestreet Stables at an undisclosed price. Zayat said that the colt was examined in Lexington this past week and that the injury was a career ender.
Zayat has had his own share of problems entering Belmont Stakes betting action as his racing operation has had to reorganize after filing bankruptcy. The horse was valuable due to big wins in the Wood and the Fountain of Youth before that making him an excellent breeding prospect.
Zayat said that the sale of Eskendereya made reorganization far more possible.
Zayat was disappointed that Eskendereya would not run in Belmont online stakes wagering action as he said that the three year old colt was a “once in a lifetime horse.”
Jackson is known in Belmont Stakes betting circles for purchasing Rachel Alexandra, the super filly that won the Preakness Stakes last year and Horse of the Year honors as well. Zayat remains painfully sad that the best Triple Crown hope in horse racing betting since Big Brown never got his shot at immortality.
“It still hurts and it will take a while,” said the owner.