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Baffert Back in Derby Win Circle
Bob Baffert
Baffert and fiancee Jill Moss (center) celebrate War Emblem's win.
After losing the Derby last year with heavy favorite Point Given, and then having to scratch Danthebluegrassman the morning of this year's race, it appeared Bob Baffert might have lost his touch at Churchill Downs. But then War Emblem, a horse Baffert bought for Thoroughbred Corporation in early April, wired the field to give the silver-haired trainer his third victory in the Run for the Roses. Bill Finley writes the win was dumb luck, but Kenny Mayne says we could have had him if we just hadn't made it so hard.
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    Churchill Downs, Louisville, Ky.
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    1:59 2/5
    Secretariat, 1973
    $1 Million

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    Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, Md.
    1 3/16 miles
    1:53 2/5
    Tank's Prospect, 1985
    Louis Quatorze, 1996
    $1 Million

    Belmont Stakes
    June 8, 2002
    Belmont Park
    Elmont, N.Y.
    1 1/2 miles
    Secretariat, 1973
    $1 Million

    Audio and Video
     Kentucky Derby
    Jockey Victor Espinoza knew War Emblem was bound for victory as early as the first turn.
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     Dan Patrick Show
    ESPN's Kenny Mayne drops by to recap the 128th running of the Kentucky Derby.

     Wood Memorial
    Buddha edges Medaglia d'Oro to take the Wood Memorial.
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     Arkansas Derby
    Private Emblem battles his way to a victory at Oaklawn.
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     Santa Anita Derby
    Came Home got his third straight win in the Santa Anita Derby.
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     Illinois Derby
    War Emblem wins the Illinois Derby over Repent.
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     Florida Derby
    Harlan's Holiday gets his first win of 2002.
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     Fountain of Youth
    Booklet again outlasts Harlan's Holiday, this time by a nose.
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