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Paulick: Legal Sports Betting Poses Threat to Horse Racing

I’ve been a sports fan longer than I’ve been a horse racing fan. I spent countless afternoons at Chicago’s Wrigley Field watching the Cubs before I made my first visit to Arlington Park in the city’s suburbs to see a thoroughbred race. Once I got the bug for racing, however, I loved everything about it. Handicapping a horse race is a tremendously challenging exercise. The jockeys are talented and courageous athletes. And the horses – whether they’re a bottom level claimer or a champion – are admirable in what they give us, both in their undeniable efforts and in how they make us feel. Though the sport’s leaders are reluctant to address problems and adapt to a more competitive playing field, I have found racing to be an exciting and enjoyable gambling game. I’m afraid I’m a dinosaur in the current environment. I still love sports – especially Chicago Cubs…

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