Fair to middling
Updated: July 22, 2013, 8:44 PM ETBy Jay Cronley | Special to ESPN.com
This is the story of a race track, Fair Meadows in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which is on the skids.Early on, the live meet at this small track located on the county fairgrounds in the middle of town was a Rockwell portrait of Americana. It was the home track of Lake Wobegon: Where all the box seats were full and many had waiting lists; where the kiddies squealed at the doggie races between horse events; where the plumbing worked; where the trainers had shiny belt buckles; where all the trust fund offspring only bet what they could afford to lose; where all the jockeys were clear-headed and true; where the stewards had perfect judgment; where all the tellers could count; where the security guards had patience; where many of the races were predictable at long odds for those who did their homework; where the beer was cold and the barbecue was good and fresh.
Virtually overnight, the horse player was pleased to ask him or herself this question about the live races: Why go?
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