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Haskin's Derby Trail: "Veni, Vidi, Valor"

Last year at this time, Team Valor International was as close to winning the Kentucky Derby as the Indianapolis Colts were to winning the 2012 Super Bowl. Their three top 3-year-olds were all grass and/or synthetic horses, two of whom hadn't even started at 3. The other, Crimson China, had won an allowance/optional claimer on grass in his U.S. debut at Gulfstream, having previously raced twice in England.

The only one of the three that had even run on dirt was Pluck, who was beaten nearly 13 lengths in his career debut in the mud at Belmont Park.

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