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A Metropolitan tale

How to find a winner in a Grade 1 race despite really trying

Updated: May 30, 2013, 12:34 PM ET
By Gary West | Special to ESPN.com

"So who's gonna win the Met Mile?" Big Lou tossed the question out there gently, a slow pitch that invited everybody to take a big swing. And then he ordered a round of refreshment that he thought might inspire or lubricate the handicapping process. The swinging began before the refreshment arrived.

"I think Fort Loudon might be worth a small investment here," said Mission Impossible, who always looked for long shots, or horses whose missions seemed to border on the impossible. He put ...

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