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66-1 shot Auroras Encore wins Grand National

Updated: April 6, 2013, 4:44 PM ET
Associated Press

Auroras Encore, a 66-1 long shot, won the Grand National Steeplechase by nine lengths Saturday in a race shadowed by a recent history of horse deaths.

All 40 horses in the world's most famous jumping race returned unscathed and only two fell over the 4½ miles. Only 17 horses finished but there was no repeat of the carnage that led to renewed calls from animal-rights groups for the race to be banned.

Four horses died in the previous two editions of the grueling event, forcing organizers ...

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