Red Smith And Horse Racing

Anthology of columns by the late great sportswriter showcases his particular genius for the racetrack. On Sunshine Park, Florida: “It has a totalizer, a daily double, touts, a 37-percent average of winning favorites, forms, scratch sheets and handicappers’ cards for sale at the gate, seasoned, alert racing officials and—oh yes—horses of a sort. Which makes it as close an approximation of paradise as an honest man has a right to expect” (2,200 words)

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