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The 1919 photo shows early bookmakers taking a keen interest in the action at Saratoga Race Course 

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In this image, bookmakers, or "bookies" as they were referred to, lined the rail at historic Saratoga Race Course watching the race closely to observe the order of finish. These bookies took the bets placed by patrons and paid off a variety of odds. 

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