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Baffert talked earlier in the week about joy for fans at Belmont Park with a chance to see a Triple Crown possibility. That’s a bittersweet pill for him to swallow.

Not for O'Neill and Co. I’ll Have Another will leave for Belmont Park at 8 a.m. Sunday.

“We’re thinking Triple Crown, baby. Come on, Baltimore, New York. Come on, why not?” O'Neill said. “He’s a special horse. We’ll see how he comes out of it. If he comes out of it in good shape, we’re heading to New York.”

In a Twitter message, Went the Day Well trainer called I’ll Have Another and Bodemeister “the real deal.” But only one of them will get a chance to capture the Triple Crown after a remarkable victory in the Preakness.

“The winner’s a good horse,” Baffert said. “He’ll get the respect now that he deserves.”