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A wish come true

Updated: May 2, 2012, 9:37 PM ET
By Claire Novak

LOUISVILLE, KY -- She sat tall in the saddle, the girl we know simply as Hope. It had been a busy Wednesday morning at Churchill Downs, with visits to top Kentucky Derby contenders and conversations with leading trainers. But here was the highlight -- perching atop Lava Man outside Doug O'Neill's barn, the California trainer standing by.

"Have you ever sat on $5 million before?" O'Neill asked. The crowd of bystanders laughed as she shook her head, her smile growing wider while the champion ...

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