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Pletcher's Losing Streak Reaches Happy Ending

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You send 24 horses to the Kentucky Derby, and you go home with nothing but sweat stains. For Todd Pletcher, it was almost as if 0-for-24 was tattooed across his forehead.

So you make some changes. Different riders. Different prep races. You're not superstitious. But you're also sick of losing.

Pletcher saddled his four horses for Saturday's Derby. He helped his jockeys climb on their mounts. He watched them disappear through the tunnel under the raucous Churchill Downs grandstand.

 

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