ELMONT, N.Y. – The steam rose off my coffee, up toward the big oak trees and into the dark blue, pre-dawn Long Island sky.
About 100 media members and perhaps that many fans and curious track hands already had gathered around barn No. 5 here at Belmont Park, all waiting for an early-morning glimpse of the little chestnut turned big star, Smarty Jones.
Thursday, for the first time, Smarty was to take the Belmont track for a gallop, the kind of nothing workout that usually attracts no more than a yawn from anyone who happens to be around and awake.
But this is different. This is Smarty, this is the Belmont Stakes and this is two days before a chance at the first Triple Crown in 26 years.
And isn't this a perfect reminder why sports keeps finding ways to fascinate?
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