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Have the jockeys done their homework?

Horse racing is experiencing a bad-ride epidemic. The thoroughbred lane looks like the NBA lane.

Updated: November 5, 2004, 6:45 PM ET
By Jay Cronley | Special to ESPN.com

Horse racing is experiencing a bad-ride epidemic. The thoroughbred lane looks like the NBA lane. There's a lot of flopping.

From the Breeders Cup races to the late Double at Chicken Feed Downs, jockeys are getting trapped at the rail in five-horse fields and are riding into headlong into impossible fractions.

Here's why: Not all jockeys handicap the races in which they have rides.

Some friends of mine have a horse that runs in middle-priced claiming races and I hung around with ...

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