Belmont memories and futures

Updated: May 30, 2011, 3:40 PM ET
By Jay Cronley | Special to ESPN.com

With the Belmont Stakes on deck, here's a decent question: Has horse racing outgrown big cities? Or has it at least grown around them?

Time was, big racing was the focal point of the sport, guys in fedoras, gals in dresses. You remember dresses. Not little black dresses for Little Black Dress Nights. Not tight skirts. Not formal gear. Sundresses, dresses like that, garments that contrasted the sexes.

Big-state horse racing is still important -- New York state racing, California ...

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