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Near disaster avoided in Preakness

Afleet Alex clipped heels with the pacesetter and almost fell, but the colt managed to stay upright and Rose stayed aboard in the Preakness.

Updated: May 24, 2005, 6:02 PM ET
By Ed McNamara | Special to ESPN.com

BALTIMORE -- Riding racehorses is a most dangerous occupation, with serious injury always lurking. That's why an ambulance always trails the field. On Saturday, millions of television viewers and a record crowd of 115,318 at Pimlico gasped as disaster loomed at the top of the stretch in the 130th Preakness Stakes. Somehow, it didn't happen, and Afleet Alex and jockey Jeremy Rose not only made a narrow escape but also triumphed.

As the leader, Scrappy T, left the far turn and moved into the ...

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