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Racing needs a hero

Updated: May 14, 2009, 2:35 PM ET
By Paul Moran | Special to ESPN.com

The world awaits the next Triple Crown winner. The game needs a hero, a 3-year-old who can win the Preakness and Belmont Stakes, too. Racing has seen no such horse since 1978 and it is beyond time for something to happen in this sport that feels good.

Might this be the year? Might the small, plain gelding from out west with the black-Stetsoned, truck-driving trainer, a broken-legged, slow-talking cowboy, be the next?

Mine That Bird carries the hopes of the racing world, publicists ...

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