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Shanghai Bobby can hit a grand slam

Updated: December 28, 2012, 2:27 PM ET
By Bob Ehalt

As a new year approaches, it's an absolute no-brainer to say horse racing needs a Triple Crown winner.

After 34 years without one, and a brutal year in which there was an intense focus on breakdowns and illegal medications, the sport could use a charismatic champion more than ever to accentuate some of the sport's virtues.

It would be an even bigger boost if Shanghai Bobby turns out to be the successor to Affirmed, Seattle Slew and Secretariat.

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