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Animal Kingdom May Have Staying Power

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When long shots such as Animal Kingdom win the Kentucky Derby, they are frequently viewed with skepticism in the Preakness — and for good reason. The congested fields and sometimes suicidal early pace at Churchill Downs can produce fluky results.

Last year Super Saver won the Derby with a perfect, ground-saving trip while some of his main rivals encountered serious traffic trouble. He finished eighth in the Preakness and never won another race. Giacomo rallied to win the 2005 Derby after the pacesetters ran a half mile in a suicidal 45.38 seconds and all of them collapsed. He came to Baltimore and lost...

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