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A Horse Race of Another Color
Jay Lovinger
June 01, 1998
Forget the pageantry at Pimlico—here's Preakness viewing with true grime
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June 01, 1998

A Horse Race Of Another Color

Forget the pageantry at Pimlico—here's Preakness viewing with true grime

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Third guy (raspy, nervous cough): "Hey, where's Carl? I haven't seen Carl around here in years."

Second guy: "He went back to a quiet lifestyle. Reading."

First guy (angry): "This used to be a racing state."

Second guy: "So what happened?"

First guy: " Asia. Indonesia. Wall Street's gonna fall apart."

Third guy: "Who gives a s—-?"

First guy (gleeful): "Bobby [sic] Gates is gonna go from being the richest guy in the world to the poorest."

They all cackled. One of the joys of betting on horse races is that Everyman may be a King in his own domain, but here Every-king, even Bobby Gates, is just as big a bum as everyone else.

First guy (as a race goes off): "You can't bet here. The favorites'll beat you every time."

An 8-1 shot wins, and a 30-1 shot comes in second.

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