Behind the scenes at NYRA: Oddsmaker David Aragona

There are a lot of thankless jobs in horse racing—outrider, groom, hotwalker come to mind—but few of them are as open to public scrutiny as the morning-line oddsmaker.

The work of the morning-line oddsmaker is visible daily, its correctness able to be assessed by anyone interested enough to pay attention. And while a sharp morning line is seldom the subject of commentary, the linemaker who gets it wrong also gets an earful.

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