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Updated: May 17, 2010, 4:12 PM ET
By Jay Cronley | Special to ESPN.com

Occasionally horse-race handicapping hindsight is 20-200, the game can be that tough.

Such is the case with trying to learn something from the second, third and fourth-place runners at the Preakness, and the fancy exotic payoffs.

Sometimes the general public is not as dizzy as it looks: short-priced horses tend to run well in the second Triple Crown race. After the typical Derby, when the frequent freaky bad luck is the denominator that spells trouble -- from outpost posts to mud ...

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