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Betting on this horse is kinda like playing the lottery, except the payoff is much smaller. The odds appear to be similar, however.

Glorious Spring -- or "Haru-urara" in Japanese -- was out doing what she does best Monday, losing her 106th consecutive race, even with Japan's top jockey on her back. More than 10,000 fans braved the rain to watch her come in 10th out of 11 horses.

A horse that never has won a race is an unlikely hero, but Haru-urara's struggles have struck a chord with the Japanese fondness for the hopeless but determined underdog.

"It's better if she loses," said Noriyuki Fukui, 21, who came to the Shimbashi Wins off-track betting outlet in Tokyo to drop $9.30 on Haru-urara. "If she won, it wouldn't be so interesting anymore."

Haru-urara doesn't disappoint.

- tmeri
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