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Patience pays with Musket Man as Preakness looms

Updated: May 14, 2009, 4:32 PM ET
Associated Press

For The Associated Press

BALTIMORE -- New shooters are always an intriguing angle in the Preakness Stakes, those horses who skip the Kentucky Derby to aim for the middle jewel of the Triple Crown.

The sensational filly Rachel Alexandra, the 8-5 early favorite, is the most prominent newcomer in Saturday's race at Pimlico. After winning the Kentucky Oaks by a stunning 20 1/4 lengths, she will take on the boys for the first time.

Until the decision was made last week to run Rachel ...

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