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Cronley: What's wrong with a friendly wager?

One element of horse racing that is frequently treated as being incidental by numerous national media operations is gambling.

Updated: April 6, 2005, 4:57 PM ET
By Jay Cronley | Special to ESPN.com

Welcome new horse players.

It seems to happen every spring, a three-year old son of a dude ranch-type mare emerges from a field of weeds, not dreams, to compete with multi-million dollar Keeneland Sale graduates in a Derby prep race -- the Good 'Ol Boys Stable versus some Sheik  and people fresh to the game drop in to see if they've been missing anything.

One element of horse racing that is frequently treated as being incidental by numerous national media operations is gambling.

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