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Bright futures

Updated: January 28, 2013, 4:15 PM ET
By Jay Cronley | Special to ESPN.com

It seems like the Kentucky Derby is right around the corner when, in fact, it is barely on the radar, it's more than three months out.

Its virtual apparentness is caused by the new Kentucky Derby point system that is apt to make high-dollar trainers train more and drink coffee and pose less. Until the point system became the rule, a horse could win the slot-inspired $2 million Hooterville Derby in December and graze into Churchill backed by only a single fluky victory.

With the advent ...

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