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Why, you may ask, should anyone on this side of the Atlantic care? Because if you're one of those horseplayers who has dismissed a track-'The pools are too small' and/or 'I'm betting against myself'-the French are your copains (or buddies, chums, amigos).

Take this past Sunday (Nov. 27th) as the latest example. With real-time win and show pool commingling of the seven, French-hubbed, added-distance, overflow fields trots, the tally sheet read as such...

...more than a half-million dollars was added to the pot. European win-pool figures ranged from $23,468 to $70,619, with the earlier races getting the bulk of the attention.

The show pool range went from $16,874 to $45,002, again spiking in the earlier events.

In other words, these pools are 'thoroughbred-esque,' enticing to bettors of all dollar denominations.

This Sunday (Dec. 4), with its amended first post of 12 Noon ((from original 11:30 AM), the first seven races are 'French,' so have at it. An early program file of these races accompanies, noting that changes are to be made Wednesday morning (Nov. 30th).

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