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The Madeleine Brand Show for June 13, 2012




Zenyatta with jockey Mike Smith aboard, wins the Grade I $250,000 Lady's Secret Stakes horse race, October 2, 2010, at Oak Tree at Hollywood Park, in Inglewood, California.
Zenyatta with jockey Mike Smith aboard, wins the Grade I $250,000 Lady's Secret Stakes horse race, October 2, 2010, at Oak Tree at Hollywood Park, in Inglewood, California.
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