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In search of a champion

Updated: January 8, 2013, 2:58 PM ET
By Paul Moran | Special to ESPN.com

It was one of those years. While racing folk have spent decades in frustrated search of a genuine star and found few, the hunt could not possibly have gotten more far afield than it did in 2012.

Consider the year recently passed in this light: The likely champion 3-year-old and finalist for Horse of the Year was infirm and retired before the Belmont Stakes and while winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, both in hair-raising finishes, is certainly not a trivial accomplishment, it is ...

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