Sport: Suckers & Statistics

No crowd, from the stable owners and boxholders to the people in the infield, is tougher than the one at Saratoga. No officials are more officious, no bookmakers more sinister.* But Saratoga, oldest and physically most beautiful U. S. track, considers itself the musnud of U. S. horse racing. As its annual month of races and sales drew to a close last week, Saratoga was loyally if obliquely defended against the encroachments of newer horse parks by one of its most representative habitués.

Richest Saratoga stake is the Hopeful ($25,000 guaranteed). Of recent...

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