Horse Racing: Dollars for Quarters

HORSE RACING

To most dyed-in-the-silks thoroughbred fans, quarter-horse racing is not horse racing at all. When it comes to purity of breeding, the quarter-horse wins no prizes; a chunky, bandy-legged brute, it looks almost grotesque next to the sleek, stately thoroughbred. Besides, what railbird wants to bother with a race that covers only 350 to 550 yds. and is over before he can focus his binoculars? The answer is the 2,000,000 quarter-horse devotees who showed up at 100 tracks in 26 states last year to watch the husky hybrids dash to photo finish after photo finish.

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