Sport: Country Slicker

On eleven brilliantly lit tracks around the country, some 85,000 Americans gathered each weekday night last week to feast their eyes and bet their dollars on an old-fashioned American pastime all dressed up in modern glare and glitter. They were building this season into the biggest yet in the postwar harness-racing boom.

At midseason the sport which even some of its most reverent admirers irreverently call "the trots" is drawing crowds at a rate nearly 10% higher than last year, when 10,500,000 customers flooded into 77 pari-mutuel tracks (42 on fairgrounds) to bet more...

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