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Jack McCallum
May 18, 2009
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May 18, 2009

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Michael Farber and Allan Muir debate who is the front-runner to succeed Red Wings center Henrik Zetterberg as the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as postseason MVP. Also get complete coverage of the Eastern and Western Conference finals, including predictions, breakdowns of key matchups and nightly roundtable discussions from our panel of NHL experts.

At the Preakness

SI horse racing expert Tim Layden weighs in on the big news of the 134th running of the Preakness Stakes—Calvin Borel's decision to get off Derby winner Mine That Bird and ride Kentucky Oaks' runaway winner Rachel Alexandra—provided she can secure a starting spot.

"It was a stunning choice that Borel viewed as a no-brainer," Layden writes. "Borel stood outside Barn 36 at Churchill Downs and shrugged his shoulders. 'I got no choice,' he said. 'This filly is the best horse in the country. She's the best horse I've ever been on.' Historians at the Daily Racing Form have surmised that Borel would be the first jockey in Triple Crown history to win the Kentucky Derby and take a different mount in the Preakness." Find Layden's full coverage of the Rachel Alexandra story, plus ...

Gene Menez makes his picks for the Preakness as racing looks for its first Triple Crown winner in 31 years

Mark Beech checks in with live race-day coverage from Pimlico

Photo gallery of the race and the event's happenings, on and off the track

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