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The obstacles to picking a winner

Here's why it's hard to pick a winner at the horse races.

Updated: February 17, 2005, 6:11 PM ET
By Jay Cronley | Special to ESPN.com

Here's why it's hard to pick a winner at the horse races.

1. The obvious usually loses. Worse still, you tend to bet more on what's obvious.

2. Unruly tellers. Please don't look at me like that, please don't make small talk, just give me the ticket, okay?

3. Jockey error. Some riders have in their heads clocks running on low batteries. Some don't read the Form, which should be a finable offense.

4. Horses can't talk. Paw the ground once if the reason you're shaking your ...

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