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Salty Roberts: An unlikely founder

Updated: January 21, 2010, 2:21 PM ET
By Claire Novak | Special to ESPN.com

Ask Salty Roberts whom he worked for during his career at the racetrack, and his craggy face breaks into a good-natured smile. It would take far too long to list each employer, especially since he's been on the racing circuit since 1947, when Jet Pilot won the 73rd Kentucky Derby and the average minimum wage was 43 cents per hour. To say he's seen every stable except the original one in Bethlehem wouldn't be far from the truth.

At 78, Roberts still sports the trim form of a dedicated ...

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