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What a difference a year makes

Updated: November 5, 2011, 9:38 PM ET
By Mike Smith

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Last year I sat here just devastated, thinking my life was over. What a difference a year makes. The loss on Zenyatta in the Breeders' Cup Classic will always hurt, but winning this one with Drosselmeyer sure helps, it really does.

As soon as I found out I was riding Drosselmeyer, I kept praying about it. Like wow, this could really take the sting away. I was extremely excited. I had ridden him once, a win in the Belmont Stakes, and to get a chance to ride him back in ...

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