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Small track blues

Updated: September 27, 2010, 8:03 PM ET
By Jay Cronley | Special to ESPN.com

There are two distinct kinds of horse handicapping -- big track racing and small track racing.

The gap between the two types of racing has closed markedly because of slot machine loot. Now that the recession is over on Wall Street, fewer people will be cashing Welfare checks at your friendly casinos, more will be cashing Social Security grants there. Slot profits in the sticks continue to grow. At the average small track on a Thursday afternoon or evening, full fields are routine, as horses ...

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