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Derby selection criteria needs updating

Churchill Downs updated its historic racetrack. Now it needs to tweak how horses get into the run for the roses.

Updated: May 13, 2005, 12:52 PM ET
By Randy Moss | Special to ESPN.com

In the temporary lull between the Kentucky Derby and Preakness (and at the risk of being labeled a Derby nerd), let me bring up these hypothetical but timely questions:

What if the Delta Jackpot and its $1 million purse is granted Grade 3 status? What if the WinStar Derby becomes a Grade 3 and its purse is boosted to $1 million? And what if either Delta Downs or Sunland Park then reaches into its deep slot-machine pockets to increase those purses to, say, $1.5 million?

In the current ...

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