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Weight no issue for the champ

The connections of Wise Dan will display the spirit of the sport on Saturday

Updated: June 28, 2013, 11:51 AM ET
By Gary West | Special to ESPN.com

Just when you were about to consign the modern racehorse to the china cabinet containing fragile tchotchke, just when you were about to confuse modern horsemen with pampered children more inclined to grab their ball and go home than risk an affront to their delicate sensibilities, the Wise Dan folks have stepped up. The reigning Horse of the Year is to carry 128 pounds Saturday, or 11-15 pounds more than any of his challengers in the Firecracker Handicap at Churchill Downs.

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