Sport: The Butler

It used to be the rubes' sport, shunned by city sophisticates but drawing as many as 2,500,000 fans a year at hundreds of fairgrounds across the U.S. Today, thanks to such swank night tracks as Long Island's Roosevelt Raceway, harness racing is thriving on cosmopolitan crowds and city slickers anxious to make a $2 wager. Last year it was an $819 million business, drawing 15 million spectators and dishing out $32 million in purses to the cream of 17,702 trotters and pacers.*

Last week, with harness racers prancing toward the billion-dollar-a-year mark, with bettors...

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