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Spotlight shines on older horses

Updated: February 7, 2013, 12:13 AM ET
By Gary West | Special to ESPN.com

The arms race officially ended when Churchill Downs announced its point system for the Kentucky Derby. You remember, of course, the arms race, which encouraged racetracks competing for potential Triple Crown stars to dedicate more and more and yet more of their purse money, or rather horsemen's purse money, to stakes races for aspiring youngsters, with the collateral damage being the purses for everybody else and perhaps even the sport's future. Well, that's finished, horse racing's no longer ...

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