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Horse racing: Fun for us, less for horses

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Yes, they’re off at Saratoga for the 144th season, and there’s no reason it shouldn’t be a perfectly jolly season as long as you don’t look too closely and can concentrate solely on the “sport of kings” glamour and glitz of the thing. Because when you reduce it to its bare bones, all you’ve really got is animals being used as vehicles for gambling, the same as dice or slot machines, and being pushed to ...

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July 23, 2012
1:14 a.m.

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I love the boxing photos, your apparent forté. Reading both parts of your column, one can't help but notice the similatities in the barbarism of these "sports" performed in the name of entertainment. We haven't evolved that much from the carnage of the Roman Coliseum. Instead of euthanizing injured racehorses, maybe we should nurture them back to health so they can perform one last wagering spectacle. It could be a fight to the death with a retired boxer suffering from Dementia pugilistica.

Gerald J Skrocki

August 2, 2012
6:27 p.m.

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I will never go to horse races - To me its no different or less cruel than dancing bears.

To make matters worse - GAMBLING IS A TAX ON IDIOTS!!!