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One who bets on horses looks for any advantage he can find. So when Briscoe saw a priest bless a particular horse, he paid attention. When he saw that horse breeze across the finish line in first place, he thought he’d found an angle. Next race, he kept an eye on the priest. The priest blessed Oatmuncher’s Uncle. The sorry-looking nag was 30 to 1 long-shot, but Briscoe figured, why not? He put down his money and Oatmuncher’s Uncle won by half a length. He tried again. The priest blessed Gray Monday, another long-shoot, and that horse, too, romped home in front. This went on all afternoon. Briscoe’s winnings grew beyond his wildest dreams. He told…

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