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“He’s leaving at the top of his game. He looks great,” O’Neill said. “It’s a roller coaster. What a ride. He’s given us so much pleasure. I’m just so pumped that he’s ending his career on top, sound.”

Walking around Belmont Park on Saturday, O’Neill knew this journey was at its end. He removed I’ll Have Another’s saddle in the winner’s circle one final time and patted his horse on the back.

But he’s determined not to make this his and Reddam’s only Triple Crown joy.

“It has just been an incredible ride, an incredible run,” O’Neill said. “And I’ve taken so many notes, a lot of mental notes and I know we are going to be back here again.”