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A quality decision

Updated: May 1, 2009, 2:47 PM ET
By Jeremy Plonk | Special to ESPN.com

Disappointment on one hand, sure. But a big sigh of relief on the other.

Quality Road's defection from the Kentucky Derby field leaves the race one star dimmer, no doubt, but absolutely came with the horse -- and horse racing's -- best interests in mind. We can all agree that those two factions don't always work in tandem.

Imagine if the superstar turned for home three lengths in front Saturday and then had to be pulled up a la Big Brown? With a pre-existing condition, in this ever-dangerous ...

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