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Sass to fight emotions and come out on top in 33rd Yukon Quest.

It may get emotional on the track for Musher Brent Sass on Saturday.

The 2015 Yukon Quest champion will be dealing with a lot more than the elements as he seeks to defend his title.

Alaska's Brent Sass had his lead dog Basin pass away unexpectedly a few weeks ago.

Sass says Basin was a big part of the team for the past three years, and expects to get emotional at times on the trail.

"It's pretty painful and makes a big change but the dog team is strong and moving forward." says Sass

"We've had some good distance races leading up to this race but I'm confident that I've got a lot of faith in the dogs that I have seen." 

2012 champion Hugh Neff says he's got a nice mix of veterans, and two year olds on his team, and expects a fast trail.

The one-thousand mile dog sled race begins at noon Pacific time in Fairbanks tomorrow.

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