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Surviving a slump

It was a recent week-day at the simulcast hall, ideal conditions, quiet drunks to the left, men looking for some magic in their computer picks to the right; no socializing, no excuses.

Updated: April 19, 2005, 11:50 AM ET
By Jay Cronley | Special to ESPN.com

This isn't funny so please don't laugh.

It was a recent week-day at the simulcast hall, ideal conditions, quiet drunks to the left, men looking for some magic in their computer picks to the right; no socializing, no excuses.

I had a full field in a cheap claiming race at a no-frills track handicapped down to four and only four possible winners. Remember the Perfect Storm depicted in the motion picture of the same name where inexplicable forces combined when you least expected them ...

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