July 2005


Heather DubĂ© knows horse racing inside and out. In her short career she has done it all: picking out sires and dams to produce winning foals; working her horses through a specialized training regimen; and selecting carefully controlled diets to maximize her steeds’ potential. Heather even serves as the jockey, utilizing an early whipping strategy that she says "leaves them in the dust in the end."

Heather’s latest horse, a chestnut-colored thoroughbred named Crypto’s Fate, has gotten most of Heather’s attention recently, and has quickly become her favorite. Crypto’s Fate has only won six of his 33 races, but Heather has plenty of time to improve her skills. After all, she’s only been training horses for two days. She’s 13 years old.

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Are those console-giveaway offers on the Internet the real deals, scams, or just plain hassles? We put one to the test to find out.

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