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More than a feeling

Updated: April 24, 2012, 4:19 PM ET
By Amanda Duckworth | Special to ESPN.com

Leading up to every Kentucky Derby, there is an overwhelming amount of information bandied about concerning each horse. Pedigrees of both the horse and his connections will be examined, as well as past performances and speed figures.

Although the accuracy of this formula is far from exact, it has nonetheless become fairly standard and accepted when it comes time to select a Derby horse. So last year, when I saw Animal Kingdom picked in print as the likely Kentucky Derby winner ...

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