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Updated: August 13, 2012, 5:52 PM ET
By Jay Cronley | Special to ESPN.com

Perry Mason had a habit of seeing the light at the last moment.

He would leave the red herrings and gray mares to the impulsive, and would make his judgments late in the pre-race ritual, sometimes when they were all nearly in the starting gate.

Like the one for whom he had been nicknamed, Perry Mason was a good listener. This was a valuable learning and wagering tool, as the great majority of those at the horse races had an invaluable knack, losing consistently.

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