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Preakness learning curve

Updated: May 12, 2010, 10:06 PM ET
By Jay Cronley | Special to ESPN.com

There comes with horse racing one of the most unpleasant moments in all of gaming.

"Gaming" is a nice way of saying "wagering."

"Wagering" sounds better than "gambling."

The sourest of betting moments occurs when you don't come back on a horse you recently liked. Here's an example: This spring I did some gaming on a horse that went off at 10-1 and finished third from last in a sorry field. I put the animal out of my mind. Three weeks later it came back, won and paid around ...

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