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Horsing Around

The celebrated and controversial world of competitive horse racing.

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History’s Greatest Horse Racing Cheat and His Incredible Painting Trick

In the sport’s post-Depression heyday, one audacious grifter beat the odds with an elaborate scam: disguising fast horses to look like slow ones.

How a Hard-Luck Horse and His Jamaican Trucker Owner Became Million-Dollar Champs

Meet Gaston Grant, one of the very few black owner-trainers in horseracing—and almost certainly the only one who also works full-time at UPS.

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The Diehard Fans of Belmont

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The Path to Triple Crown Glory Is Through a Horse’s Heart

Going trackside with the horse racing experts who use big data and intensive equine analysis to pick the winners long before they hit the starting gate.

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The People Who Make Pimlico Run

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The Curbside Hustlers of Churchill Downs

Overcoming Postpartum Depression—On Horseback in Kazakhstan

A terrifying experience with my sick newborn sent me into a downward spiral of nightmares, depression and self-harm. It took a 24-day trip through a remote region of Central Asia...

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Betting Behind Buddha’s Back

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The Sage of Belmont

Over four decades at Belmont Park track, “Lucky Eddie” Outcalt has learned how to sniff out the universal secrets of horse racing.