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Up-and-comer Brian Hernandez Jr. will ride Departing in Saturday's Preakness

Updated: May 15, 2013, 10:02 PM ET
By Claire Novak | Special to ESPN.com

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ALTIMORE -- There is a picture in jockey Brian Hernandez Jr.'s basement of the rider aboard a Shetland pony, victorious as an 11-year-old at an old Louisiana bush track called The Quarter Pole. That photo from the '90s marked the end of an era; Hernandez was one of the last young Cajuns to come up in the twilight years, after the unregulated bush tracks -- helter-skelter and even less formal than a county fair -- had already been the starting point for top riders like Eddie ...

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