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Trainers Anticipate Fast-Paced Race

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Other than the 20 3-year-olds slated to jaunt down the Churchill Downs track Saturday in the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby, one horse who has been in the forefront of many minds this week has been the 13th-place finisher in the 2001 edition of the race.

Eleven years ago, the blazingly quick Songandaprayer set the stage for the second-fastest running of the Derby in history, zipping through fractions of :22.25, :44.86 and 1:09.25 before the reality of his distance limitations hit him like a brick wall.

Given the amount of front-runners present in this year's bunch of contenders, Songandaprayer could have some company this weekend in the category of most game-changing speedsters in Derby history.


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