Following Sandy, racing returns to New York

Three days after Hurricane Sandy ripped through New York, everything looks pretty normal at Belmont Park. More than 100 trees fell there during the storm, but by Friday morning they had all been cleared and training had returned to normal after being suspended earlier in the week.

A look across the street, though, reveals that all is not yet well. A line of cars at the lone open gas station stretches several blocks and snakes around the corner, no end of it in sight.

In this community devastated by floods, the loss of electricity and heat, and a gas shortage, the racetrack offers a kind of sanctuary.


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