In a well-written reply to Illinois columnist Eric Zorn's piece about the death of racing and race-betting, Thomas Chambers stands up for us horseplayers and racing fans:
"Sorry you had to fall prey to the horseplayer stereotype, but my handicapping friends, characters as they may be, are some of the nicest and loyal friends you could want, and they're intelligent too. They've spent their lives working hard and keep sharp through the mental calisthenics of handicapping races. And they can teach you a few things about life itself."
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