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Small fields, big problem

Too much of a good thing is not always a good thing

Updated: June 24, 2013, 12:22 AM ET
By Bill Finley | Special to ESPN.com

The entire card at Hollywood Park Friday consisted of 52 starters. The winners included a $3.40 horse, a $4 horse, a $3.80 horse and a $5 horse. Favorites won four of the eight races on the card.

This isn't meant to pick on Hollywood Park or the racing department there. The following day Belmont had five starters in the Grade 1 Mother Goose and a 1-5 favorite. (Dreaming of Julia, who lost). The feature the next day at Belmont, the Open Mind, also drew five starters. ...

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