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Even with three major Derby contenders, Asmussen's fingers crossed

Updated: March 6, 2008, 5:17 PM ET
By Jay Privman | Daily Racing Form

NEW ORLEANS -- Trainer Steve Asmussen stood outside Pyro's stall at his Fair Grounds barn on Wednesday morning, admiring the best of his three prospects for this year's Kentucky Derby. Asmussen probably was a little envious, too. There was Pyro, the buzz horse of this year's Derby preps, getting heavy lidded as he prepared to doze off following his morning routine. Asmussen, only days removed from a trip halfway around the world and back, and with his top assistant remaining in Dubai, had no such ...

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