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Belmont has charm despite absences

Updated: June 4, 2010, 11:12 AM ET
By Claire Novak | Special to ESPN.com

ELMONT, N.Y. -- At the Kentucky Derby, everyone is all jazzed up, tracking the "buzz" horses. Those runners squeeze into a crowded field, hurtling toward the wire in a rough-and-tumble finish.

Next it's on to the Preakness, where the Derby winner attempts to seal the deal. A bid at immortality -- Triple Crown greatness -- is on the line. This year? Not this year? Regardless, the journey continues.

Now, the 142nd Belmont Stakes has arrived. It's been five weeks since the top ...

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