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Derby Futures get new twist

Updated: March 11, 2009, 3:27 PM ET
By Jeremy Plonk | Special to ESPN.com

Most likely 380 different exacta combinations will rear their challenging heads on the first Saturday in May. A 20-horse field and mathematics will assure that daunting task, and the burden only lessens if less than 20 ponies leave the gate. But even in years when you love the Derby winner (Street Sense, Smarty Jones for me), you might not have landed on the runner-up (darn you, Hard Spun and Lion Heart). So it's with great challenge and greater trepidation we look at the inaugural exacta component ...

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