I'll Have Another's ceremony was muted. Officials had planned to have him lead the Belmont horses onto the track but thought better of it. He walked the paddock, then went to the winners circle. Jockey Mario Gutierrez sat on him for a few seconds. Then trainer Doug O'Neill removed the colt's saddle. They marched off, following the horse. Gutierrez , toward the back of the procession, wept.
A crowd of 85,811 came to the track, the largest ever on a day when a Triple Crown could not be won (it was the sixth largest, period). Tickets purchased before I'll Have Another scratched on Friday were non-refundable, and questions about the what could have been persisted.