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Diamonds in the rough

Updated: December 3, 2012, 11:38 AM ET
By Gary West | Special to ESPN.com

A year ago, few people had even heard of I'll Have Another. He had won his debut and finished second in the Best Pal Stakes, but then he did a bellyflop in the Hopeful, finishing sixth, 19 lengths behind Currency Swap. And so with Union Rags, Creative Cause and Hansen out there, sparkling in the public eye, I'll Have Another was easy to overlook. A year ago, Paynter had yet to race, and Bodemeister, despite his 21 workouts, still wasn't ready for prime time.

And yet they became, along ...

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