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The $300,000 crapshoot

Throughbred filly Struck It Lucky may have a shot at the Triple Crown

Updated: January 5, 2012, 12:47 PM ET
By Tim Struby | ESPN The Magazine

AUG. 21, 2011, PART I Sunday afternoon at Arlington Park. Sunshine spills over the grounds; flags snap in the breeze. It's five minutes before the fifth race, and on the far side of the track, Struck It Lucky trots back and forth on the all-weather surface. Like the 10 other horses loosening up, she's a 2-year-old filly running in a five-and-a-half-furlong sprint for maidens (horses who have never won). As the offspring of Smart Strike, a stallion whose other offspring include ...

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