Kentucky Derby

"count your fingers after you shake thier hand"
9:34 am
Fri June 6, 2014

The quiet war within horse racing

"You always have to count your fingers after you shake their hand," says horse trainer Rick Violette.
Credit Charles Lane

Their hooves pounding like cannon fire, dirt spraying in a blurred river of rushing legs and flying crops, that electrifying moment when the horses stretch toward the finish line heaving snout beside heaving snout. 

Most horse racing fans experience this excitement not at the race track but at off track betting parlors, like the one at Batavia Downs outside Buffalo, New York. It's a sunless maze of flashing technicolored video machines manned by dough-faced bettors just sort of passing the time on a weekday afternoon.

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Legalized gambling can't make money
4:37 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Suffolk's OTB made zip on Kentucky Derby

Victor Espinoza rides California Chrome to a victory during the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Louisville, Ky.
Credit AP/Darron Cummings

Suffolk's off tracking betting corporation didn't make any money on the Kentucky Derby last weekend, horse racing's biggest event. The county-run betting parlor told lawmakers this week that last minute fee hikes snatched all the profits.   

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