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Updated: August 16, 2009, 1:14 AM ET
By Jay Cronley | Special to ESPN.com

Who among us hasn't seen the numbers change as they turn for home: not the numbers of the horses leading the race, the odds. It's not uncommon for odds to tick down along the back stretch. You might have thought you bet a 5-2 horse only to see that erased and re-chalked at 6-5.

Given their desire to take from us every cent that we have brought to the races, it's probably a good time to review the fading art of tote board-watching. Most funky money trails lead to a shifty connection, or fringe ...

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