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Master of Hounds
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Master of Hounds

Post Position: 1
Odds:10-1

The European horse was a mystery entering the Kentucky Derby. But after his fifth-place finish at Churchill Downs, he should be a contender at the Belmont. The main question is how he will respond to the mile-and-a-half distance at the third leg of Triple Crown. The Derby was the longest race of his career (at a mile and a quarter), as there aren't many opportunities for 2-year-olds in Europe to race longer than a mile. The only benefit: The longer distance should provide him more time to recover if he gets caught in traffic along the rail.

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