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Hard to understand a loser

Updated: June 8, 2008, 12:37 AM ET
By Jay Cronley | Special to ESPN.com

The only speed on a speed-favoring track, the best closer, the odds-on favorite being asked to run too far too soon, off steroids and off an injury: It's funny how easy the Belmont Stakes looks now, isn't it?

And that, in its own other-worldly way, is what makes horse racing so interesting.

Just to let people who check in on the races four times a year -- for the Triple Crown series, and the Breeders' Cup -- know, this kind of thing happens all the time. Some may not have seen anything ...

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