The unattainable Triple Crown

Updated: May 30, 2011, 11:13 AM ET
By Paul Moran | Special to ESPN.com

Sometimes, the most time-tested, reliable tenants will blow up right under your nose. Sometimes, the thing that you're chasing is beyond reason and reach.

Shackelford, a washed-out, fractious mess minutes before the Preakness -- a throwout -- found healing and calm reserve while running beneath a brilliantly executed ride by Jesus Castenon and outlasted Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom, a shocking result in the eyes of most.

Perhaps the many demands of three ...

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