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Racing keeps on taking low blows

The triple slayings of horse racing in New York, New Jersey, and Maryland, and California’s solution to save its racing by raising takeout in time of crisis, are crimes of murder and self-immolation unpardonable. The industry’s responses illustrate that racing … Continue reading

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New Jersey’s racing industry deserves answers

I am neither happy nor pleased to have to gnaw on this battered bone again, but I have to keep at it or I might bite both of its owners. Make that three. I don’t know the others involved on … Continue reading

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New Jersey horse business facing bitter end

The death sentence arrived in a terse, four-paragraph release with an appropriate dateline of Atlantic City, and carried all the lethal impact that thousands of people who make their living in harness racing in New Jersey had feared. Thoroughbred horsemen … Continue reading

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Melbourne serves up Cup of good cheer

It gave a warm and fuzzy feeling, on a snarling and mean-spirited election day in America, to see the vivid star-spangled red, white, and blue silks being cheered wildly by a crowd of 120,000 at a horse race half a … Continue reading

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Synthetic experiments meet similar fates

Reading the eulogy for Santa Anita’s Pro-Ride synthetic track delivered last week by the track’s president, George Haines, as heavy equipment began tearing the ersatz strip to shreds, brought back a flood of memories. They began in the little town … Continue reading

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