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Runner-up Tale of Verve to challenge American Pharoah in Belmont
Runner-up Tale of Verve to challenge American Pharoah in Belmont

With Tale of Verve having been shut out of the Kentucky Derby — judged the 21st-best horse in a field with room for 20 — trainer Dallas Stewart and owner Charles Fipke had all the more reason to celebrate Saturday after a runner-up finish in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. There was no forcing Tale of Verve out of the eight-horse Preakness field, and the morning-line longshot charged down a muddy homestretch past a trio of Kentucky Derby contenders to take second, seven lengths behind Triple Crown aspirant American Pharoah, in his first stakes race. “Some called us crazy, and Chuck [Fipke] even called me crazy, but I said, ‘Listen, you’ve got...

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