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New books offer vivid tales of different types of horsepower

Gentlemen, start your coffins. That perfect line came originally from the late, great Los Angeles Times sports columnist Jim Murray, but was so appropriate that Charlie Leerhsen, the latter-day Murray and former executive editor of Sports Illustrated, borrowed it with … Continue reading

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Mutuel clerks creating high drama at Meadowlands

“All My Children” and “One Life to Live” are not the only soap operas nearing the end of their long runs. The one in New Jersey, where real lives are being tangled, real livelihoods threatened, and a real disaster is … Continue reading

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Meadowlands crisis just one reason to fret

It has been a wild and woolly fortnight in racing. In New York the Racing and Wagering Board, emboldened by the public’s revulsion at the Ernie Paragallo animal cruelty scandal and an appellate court decision denying Paragallo’s appeal, barred the … Continue reading

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Meadowlands has a potential angel

Few in Thoroughbred racing know the man who is trying to save New Jersey’s Meadowlands by spending $100 million to privatize the track and take it off the hands of Gov. Chris Christie, who otherwise wants to close it. It’s … Continue reading

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Santa Anita Handicap a shot heard round the world

The earthquake in New Zealand that wrecked Addington Raceway in Christchurch and forced transfer of Australasia’s $800,000 Interdominion championships to Alexandra Park in Auckland was more severe, but did not generate as many tremors here as the ones that shook … Continue reading

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