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Another Philly flyer?

Updated: June 19, 2007, 3:01 PM ET
By Bill Finley | Special to ESPN.com

The common thread among Smarty Jones, Afleet Alex and Barbaro, the three most celebrated race horses this decade, was not merely talent. Each one had ties to the Philadelphia area, a region that had hardly been known for producing fast thoroughbreds. Do horses thrive on a diet of cheesesteaks or have the sporting Gods taken pity on an area that hasn't produced an NFL, NBA, NHL or MLB champion since 1983, when the Sixers won the NBA title? It's hard to tell, but something must be going on because ...

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