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Jockey: Mike Smith
Trainer: Bennie Woolley Jr.

His two-week reign over the racing world is nearing an end. Can he keep it going for another three weeks? After his miracle win in Louisville, only a fool would count him out, but there are a couple of things working against the Derby winner here --specifically the presence of super-filly Rachel Alexandra, who gets the Bird's Derby jockey, Calvin Borel. Mr. Bo-RAIL's sublime ride was a big factor in his Kentucky triumph, and while Mike Smith is hardly a step down, he's a different rider altogether. Also looming over the Bird is the fact that he's never won over a fast dirt track -- his connections are probably going to be praying for rain.

Text: Mark Beech
Photo: AP

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