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The dirt on artificial surfaces

Updated: August 25, 2008, 7:17 PM ET
By Jay Cronley | Special to ESPN.com

Just as soon as we get horse racing figured out, along comes fake dirt.

Fake fields are nothing new, look at football, baseball, miniature golf. But no manufactured product short of pharmaceuticals has made a sport more confusing.

With the next two Breeders' Cup championships scheduled for the Make-Believe Capital of the World, LA, where so many people appear to have rubber-like surfaces themselves, it's never too early to focus on handicapping the races at sites where the rubber meets ...

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