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By Finn J.D. John
Chronicle Contributor 

Horse racing, and horse-race fixing, used to be wildly popular


September 19, 2019

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This 1906 image, titled "Cowboys Racing to Dinner," illustrates what horse racing looked like for a lot of turn-of-the-century Oregonians.

Horse racing is a sport that's largely faded from the scene in Oregon. There's still an active community, and plenty of money changes hands at racetracks – but it's more or less a niche thing.

That was emphatically not the case 100 years ago.

Back around the turn of the 20th century, horses were a big part of almost every American's everyday life, and racing them against one another was a sport that practically everyone knew something about. Horse races were an important part of most county fairs and community events. And, of course, where there's a horse race, there's always a bookie ....

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