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The Browns ‘ three-day rookie minicamp concludes Sunday.

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Jason Witten carrying Cowboys cache to ESPN’s ‘Monday Night Football’ booth

It has been a long, long, long time since the Dallas Cowboys have collected any Super Bowl hardware, but that hasn’t stopped the NFL’s glam franchise from churning out fresh talent for high-profile TV gigs.

Last year, Tony Romo had a stunning debut for CBS. Now Jason Witten launches a new career with ESPN as an analyst for Monday Night Football.

The colt’s name is Justify, and in that instant, those other folk’s dreams will be left stone-cold dead in the barrage of mud that Justify’s wake will drill against their horses’ faces.

This will not be a horse race at all. What it will become is a coronation, carefully planned by trainer Bob Baffert, who won his fifth Kentucky Derby, and brilliantly engineered by Mike Smith, a jockey who at 52 years of age, is still steering race horses at a time when some guys his age do nothing more strenuous than taking out the garbage.

Smith guided Justify to a 21/2-length victory over Good Magic in the 144th Run for the Roses and earned his second Derby victory. It was his first Derby win since 2005 with 50-1 long shot Giacomo. Smith is the second-oldest Derby winner behind Bill Shoemaker, who rode Ferdinand to victory in 1986 at age 54.

I have this suitcase at home and every day I stuff more money into it. It’s the money I will bet on Bolt d’Oro before the race. Back when the future book came out, he was 40-1. I made a sizable bet right then.

He is well aware that in addition to losing his jockey, he faces a far more difficult burden. He is trying to become the first owner to train a winning horse in the Kentucky Derby since 1913.

The streak buster was Jack Price, who came to the 1961 Derby with a horse of suspect breeding, Carry Back. In early 1958, Price took over ownership of a mare named Joppy for $150 plus a $150 overdue board bill at his Ohio farm. In seven starts, she finished second twice and earned only $325. By then, she had been banned from the race track for continually refusing to leave the starting gate.

Price bred her to a stallion named Saggy for a mere $400. From this marriage came Carry Back, who came within a single race of winning the Triple Crown. Because of his humble beginnings, he was nicknamed the people’s choice. canucks_013

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