American Pharoah and trainer Bob Baffert at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. American Pharoah will try to become horse racing's first Triple Crown winner since 1978. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

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For Thoroughbreds, The Big Payout Can Come Long After The Race

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Every spring, hundreds of horses are ferried from their winter hiatus in the Upper Peninsula for a good grooming and harness fitting, before beginning their summer jobs pulling carriages. Amy Robinson/WCMU hide caption

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Return Of Horses A Sign Of Spring On Michigan Island

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A horse-drawn carriage operator waits for riders near Central Park in New York on October 20, 2014. Mayor Bill de Blasio is backing legislation that would ban such carriages in 2016. JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Trainer Jimmy McConnell of Shelbyville, Tenn., rides champion walking horse Watch It Now before a 2009 football game in Knoxville, Tenn. Celebrations of the breed's distinctive gait are a 75-year-old tradition, but animal rights activists say that for many of those decades, the walking horse industry has abused animals to get their knees even higher. Wade Payne/AP hide caption

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Making Sure Those Walking Horses Aren't Hurting Horses

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