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A slow walk back to normal

Updated: June 9, 2012, 8:20 PM ET
By Wright Thompson | ESPN.com

ELMONT, N.Y. -- When trainer Doug O'Neill signed the orange scratch card that officially took I'll Have Another out of Saturday's Belmont Stakes, ending the dream of the Triple Crown, it seemed as if none of it had ever really happened. The mood around Barn 9 on Friday was odd, as many laughs as tears, less disappointment than a jolt back to the lives all had been leading five weeks ago.

A few camera crews leaned against the metal police barricades. O'Neill and his crew stood in ...

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