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Giving the kids a chance

Updated: July 22, 2005, 7:01 PM ET
By Jay Cronley | Special to ESPN.com

Here's a common story: People who love horse racing used to hang around the track as youths.

To a young person, a horse race should be a bigger-than-life puzzle, animals playing games, who could resist that?

Horse racing has not changed that much; but the world around it has. The average age of a race fan for a routine Thursday card anywhere is probably closer to triple figures than the legal age.

The only things wrong with horse racing are the usual, the occasional mindless ...

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