A calm day at the races
ELMONT, N.Y. -- Absent from Belmont Park on Saturday: Electricity, a sense of importance folded into the 13-race card, the 11th of which was what remained of the 144th Belmont Stakes after the untimely and shocking withdrawal of I'll Have Another, who would become the first winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness to be retired in the winner's circle shortly before the Belmont Stakes was run.Sometimes, history in its various forms is where you find it. "There are many fans who traveled from near and far to see I'll Have Another today," trainer Doug O'Neill said. Judging from the variety of license plates in the parking lots at the track and hotels near Belmont Park, people traveled to Long Island from all over the East, South and Canada, drawn by the opportunity to witness history that was ultimately denied when the colt, who was the toast of racing this spring, was found to have suffered a tendon injury of the left foreleg and scratched on Friday.
A plan hastily and ill-conceived for I'll Have Another to lead the Belmont post parade was shelved early Saturday
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