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Nyquist Must Win the Preakness to Make Horse Racing Cool Again

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Never before has the industry been more primed to take on new fans—and new money—from around the country.

If you think of racetrack regulars as old dudes chomping on cigars, you re not that far off.

They worried about the welfare of overmedicated and overworked horses.

Every time he ran, our casual players reengaged with the site because races were televised and broader sports media paid attention, Walter Hessert, co-founder of gambling site Derby Jackpot, says.

The Stakes of the Stakes

Some critics argue that this sort of gamified online race-betting has created a demand for more horses to run at smaller tracks, increasing the drugging of horses to mask injuries.

The Kentucky Derby might seem like the belle of the ball, with those glamorous hats and Derby pie feasts, mint juleps and outrageous rose garlands.

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