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Episode 139: When student athletes play hard, who gets paid?

Nov 12, 2019

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A race to the finish: The Kentucky Derby, by the numbers

by Danielle Chiriguayo May 2, 2019
Get your pastels and mint juleps ready, the hottest horse race of the year is on the horizon.
Justify, ridden by jockey Mike Smith, crosses the finish line to win the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2018, in Louisville, Kentucky.
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by Ashlie Stevens Apr 23, 2019
The mint julep now has some stiff competition.
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Did last year's Triple Crown winner inspire greater interest in racing?
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by Miles Bryan Oct 2, 2015
Racing machines are tied to the outcome of a past horse race.

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