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Belmont Special

Union Rags' win after Triple Crown scratch apt for track of upsets, disappointment

Updated: June 9, 2012, 10:35 PM ET
By Jeff MacGregor | ESPN.com

Was this the dullest great race in history?

A horse race feels like nostalgia even as it happens. This is especially true at the Belmont in a Triple Crown year. The gates fly open and set loose the past. It is a race best run in black and white.

They put on special trains to Belmont Park for Stakes Day, and in those Triple Crown years Penn Station bucks and hums with half a hundred thousand voices raised in expectation, all sharp suits and sharp elbows on every ...

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