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McLaughlin ready for another fight in Preakness

Closing Argument fell short by only half a length in the Kentucky Derby, but his trainer thinks his best is yet to come.

Updated: May 16, 2005, 11:09 AM ET
By Ed McNamara | Special to ESPN.com

Kiaran McLaughlin stared at the television and saw it all coming true, beyond all expectations. The 44-year-old Kentuckian's first runner in the world's greatest race was in front at the eighth pole and moving strongly. Closing Argument, dismissed at odds of 71-1, looked like he was going to win the Kentucky Derby. It was right there, and then it wasn't.

Five jumps from the wire, another ignored horse, 50-1 shot Giacomo, surged past Closing Argument on the outside to take the 131st Derby, which ...

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