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churchill downs ky derby day If one buys into the concept of Derby Gods, it is hard not to think this could be the year ‘The Powers That Be’ reward a certain, well-respected figure. The fact he already has a classic winner, not to mention multiple Breeders’ Cup victors, makes his legacy secure regardless if he ever gets a Kentucky Derby…

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