To no one’s surprise, Saturday in
Belmont Park feels crowded and cramped. Everything is behind some sort of barrier. Every passage way is too narrow for the people trying to get through it. What should have been the anxious buzz of people hoping to see history is now the unsettled disappointment of knowing they won't. The crowd isn't nearly what it would have been but it's still large and, remember, there's nobody allowed out in the infield here. There'd been talk of 110,000 or even 120,000 people finding room in a place that sits about 32,000.
Over at Barn 9, where I'll Have Another is now resting in his stall, things were quiet. The colt's hot walker and groom sat out on some stairs, bantering in Spanish, laughing.
The plan to have I’ll Have Another lead the post-procession parade has been cancelled. Instead, he’ll go through a ceremonial retirment. He’ll go to the paddock around 5:40, then to the winner circle ten minutes later. Doug O’Neill, his trainer, will then remove his saddle. Forty minutes after that, the other
A press box that was supposed to hold many of the most well-known columnists in the country – even in the midst of the