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Winner's Circle Of Friends

Updated: May 1, 2014, 4:53 PM ET
By Ashley Scoby | Special to espnW

Stacks of photos are arranged on the floor of Denise Martin's cluttered California office, where she works in chemistry and thermal analytics. Some 180 miles to the southeast, Carolyn Coburn carries her pictures with her, and she shows them off to practically everyone she meets in her rural Nevada community.

Starring in the two women's photos is the same subject: California Chrome, the favorite to win the 2014 Kentucky Derby on Saturday.

The women met when they, along ...

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