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"Yes. The Chinese know that. They are the greatest gamblers in the world. They will bet on anything except a horse race. That's because of an ancient bit of Oriental wisdom. Confucius said: 'It was proven a long time ago that one horse can run faster than another.' "
"Not always. The fabulous Chicago O'Brien died with a million. We come into this world with nothing. And we'll leave with nothing. There's no greater thrill than having a bet on a horse and cheering him in. Horse players live a wonderful life—Miami or California in winter, Saratoga in summer."
JAMES D. SINGLETON
"Definitely. Some years ago, two brothers each earned $25,000 a year. One took bets and the other played the horses. The bookie who took bets left an estate of $250,000. His brother died broke. Jimmy Thompson of the old Little Club took up a collection to bury him."
COL. JACK J. AMIEL
"Not the true horse player. He knows and loves horses. Sometimes he breeds and races them. He'll bet, but only on his knowledge of horseflesh. With him it's a sport, not a gamble. I'm that kind of horse player. I was lucky to have owned a great horse, Count Turf, who won the Kentucky Derby."
"That depends. I know horse players who go to the tracks once or twice a week. They love horse racing as a sport and the thrill of winning an occasional bet. They bet with common sense. The horse player who dies broke is the guy who bets horses as he would a roulette wheel."