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Champion Hansen deserves better

Updated: February 13, 2012, 3:20 PM ET
By Paul Moran | Special to ESPN.com

There are 397 3-year-olds -- the most since 2009 -- now eligible to the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. The fee at first opportunity to nominate is $600, a reasonable if usually ill-conceived gamble. It is anticipated that a few others will be nominated later, at $6,000 apiece, after showing fleeting, unanticipated glimpses of usually empty promise that imperil an owner's grip on reality. This makes the natural odds of any one of these making the Derby's limited field of 20 slightly ...

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