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Preakness and the rapture: a bettor's guide to the end of the world
Preakness and the rapture: a bettor's guide to the end of the world

Handicapping a horse race like Saturday's Preakness is an iffy proposition for amateurs like me. Over the years, horse players of my acquaintance have picked favorites based on the names of the colts; any horse with a name resembling that of a relative was an automatic choice. The color of the jockey's silks also figured in the equation; ladies do love pink. Then there were picks based on the size of the horse's rump, with bigger being better. Sham's magnificent hindquarters caught my eye back in 1973. He ran well, exceptionally well, but had the bad luck of racing against a chestnut colt named Secretariat, arguably one of the greatest thoroughbreds of all time. During...

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