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Racing's knight in shining chrome armor

Updated: May 4, 2014, 1:00 AM ET
By Bob Ehalt

A day after the poster boy for the sport's ills stood center stage at Churchill Downs, Thoroughbred racing enjoyed a perfect afternoon on a golden first Saturday in May.

In front of 164,906, the second-largest crowd in the 140-year history of the Kentucky Derby, the underdog from birth who has majestically blossomed into a rock star gave the sport the uplifting story it has coveted for months.

California Chrome, the champion of the spring preps with the 77-year-old ...

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