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War Emblem
Bob Baffert's War Emblem (right) tries to keep up with the pack.
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner War Emblem's remarkable run for a Triple Crown ended shockingly Saturday, along with his trainer Bob Baffert's hope to avenge two close calls, when the colt was beaten by the Ken McPeek-trained 70-1 longshot Sarava in the $1,000,000 Belmont Stakes. War Emblem stumbled out of the gate and made a run late before fading back to finish eighth.
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    Proud Citizen faces long rehabilitation
    Proud Citizen, who came out of his fifth-place finish in the Belmont with a fractured shin, will undergo surgery and is expected to be out four to six months.
    Cronley: Horse racing will be just fine, thanks
    A Triple Crown winner was supposed to have "saved" horse racing. Jay says it never needed it.
    Prado has always been able to win
    Edgar Prado has always been able to win races, but never in his dreams did he believe he would ride a 70-1 winner of the Belmont Stakes.
    War Emblem's owner skips Belmont Stakes
    Saudi Prince Ahmed bin Salman, who paid $900,000 for War Emblem nearly two months ago, was a no-show at Saturday's Belmont Stakes.
    Tight security, record crowd expected for Belmont
    With a crowd expected to approach 100,000 -- enough to nearly fill Shea and Yankee stadiums combined -- security is being raised to unprecedented levels.
    Sunday Break makes Triple Crown debut in Belmont
    Neil Drysdale will saddle Sunday Break in Saturday's Belmont Stakes, where War Emblem is attempting to become the first Triple Crown winner in 24 years.
    Baffert making rounds of celebrity circuit
    Bob Baffert doesn't spend all his time in the barn with War Emblem.
    McNamara's Belmont analysis
    Eddie Mac runs through the horses that will be gunning for War Emblem in this year's Belmont Stakes.
    War Emblem in tip-top shape for Triple try
    War Emblem worked his final tuneup for the Belmont Stakes on Tuesday and his trainer said the black colt was "looking good'' for a run at the Triple Crown.
    Magic Weisner a stay-at-home until now
    Trainers and their horses regularly travel the 200 miles between Baltimore and New York. Nancy Alberts never bothered -- until now.
    Essence of Dubai gets another shot
    At the Kentucky Derby Essence of Dubai was a buzz horse. Then he finished ninth -- 13 lengths -- behind War Emblem.
    Frankel taking new approach with Medaglia d'Oro
    Trainer Bobby Frankel has been searching for a reason why Medaglia d'Oro did so poorly in the Preakness.
    Cronley: Regarding the Belmont
    Jay answers some racing-related questions and gives some advice on the Belmont Stakes.
    Would War Emblem victory tarnish the Crown?
    Secretariat, Seattle Slew, Affirmed and ... War Emblem? Does that last name belong with the others?
    Finley: A bad decision of historic proportions
    As each day passes, Russell Reineman's decision to sell War Emblem looks more and more foolish.
    War Emblem's sire sold for $10.1 million
    WinStar Farms and Taylor Made Farm bought Our Emblem from Allen and Audrey Murray's Murmur Farm in Maryland.
    Request For Parole out of Belmont Stakes
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    Rice: Who wants a Triple Crown winner?
    After conducting an informal poll, Kenny's pretty sure almost everyone wants War Emblem to win the Crown.
    Johnson: The Triple Crown's main man
    There's not a more interesting player in the quest for the Triple Crown than jockey Gary Stevens.
    Sunday Break takes Peter Pan
    Bring on War Emblem, Sunday Break looks ready to play Triple Crown spoiler in the Belmont Stakes.
    Laid-back Espinoza bides his time until Belmont
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    War Emblem: Super or subpar?
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    Cronley: The renaissance of racing?
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    Baffert confident 'Emblem' is Crown bound
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    McNamara: Derby was no fluke
    The colt who won America's most important race proved at Pimlico that he's as tough as he is speedy.
    Mayne: Just another day at the track for Baffert
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    Finley: Looking like a Triple Crown winner
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    Cronley: A 'Magic' Preakness exacta
    Chalk another one up for the little guy. He had that humongous Preakness exacta.
    Kentucky Derby
    May 7, 2005
    Churchill Downs, Louisville, Ky.
    1 1/4 miles
    1:59 2/5
    Secretariat, 1973
    $2 Million

    Preakness Stakes
    May 21, 2005
    Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, Md.
    1 3/16 miles
    1:53 2/5
    Tank's Prospect, 1985
    Louis Quatorze, 1996
    $1 Million
    Afleet Alex

    Belmont Stakes
    June 11, 2005
    Belmont Park
    Elmont, N.Y.
    1 1/2 miles
    Secretariat, 1973
    $1 Million
    Afleet Alex

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     Belmont Bust?
    War Emblem trainer Bob Baffert feels as if he let the fans down.
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    War Emblem trainer Bob Baffert describes what it's like to have the chance to win the Triple Crown.
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    War Emblem trainer Bob Baffert talks to ESPN's Hank Goldberg after War Emblem ran away with the Preakness.

    Proud Citizen trainer D. Wayne Lukas expects to see an improved Proud Citizen in the Belmont Stakes.
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    War Emblem trainer Bob Baffert describes the qualities that make War Emblem special.
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     Kentucky Derby
    Jockey Victor Espinoza knew War Emblem was bound for victory as early as the first turn.
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     Dan Patrick Show
    ESPN's Kenny Mayne drops by to recap the 128th running of the Kentucky Derby.