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Racing's tarnished image

Updated: December 20, 2009, 8:40 PM ET
By Claire Novak | Special to ESPN.com

CHICAGO -- We think of these things in the quiet months, when the rush of Breeders' Cup week is over and Derby fever has yet to descend. We ponder ways to change the sport, to improve its image. There is time for reflection upon the good, and once the good has been remembered, we turn to the bad.

In horse racing there's plenty of both to consider.

The final month of an incredible 2009 season got off to an inauspicious start on Dec. 2 with news from Kentucky; three runners trained ...

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