Sport: Dopers

All horsemen know that racehorses are sometimes drugged with laudanum before a dishonest race to make them sleepy and slow, with heroin or cocaine to speed them up. They call the last race at some tracks the "drugstore race" because some of the horses are certain to have been drugged. Once dosed, a horse needs repeated doses to be any good at all. But few realized the extent of U. S. horse doping until last month when U. S. narcotic agents arrested a gang of horsemen at Arlington Park, near Chicago, for illegal possession...

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