Sport: The Sport of Commissars

East of the Iron Curtain last week, the odds were that the average German horseplayer would have a hard time getting up enough cash to get down a bet. But well-heeled horseplayers were as necessary as well-bred horses if the "International" race meeting in Berlin's Soviet zone was to pay off, so East Berlin bureaucrats "cordially invited" their prosperous West German cousins.

West Germans responded like gamblers drawn to the only wheel in town. By the thousands they flocked to the famed Hoppegarten track.

A Shot of Schnapps. Old timers could recall Hoppegarten in its...

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