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From: "Whispering Eddie" (e-mail him)
To use betting parlance, the odds are that the Preakness` winning jockey, Martin Garcia, is an illegal alien.
In a race-day story about Garcia, the New York Times reported that he "grew up on a ranch in Mexico" and "came" to the United States in 2003.
Garcia, who spoke no English, "took a job" as "a cook" at a deli in Pleasanton, California.
The story is as telling for what it doesn`t reveal as what it does.
Nowhere is there a mention of Garcia`s immigration status or whether he is an American citizen. Obviously if Garcia were legally in the U.S. or a citizen, the Times would have made a big deal about it. [Leaving the Kitchen, Stepping into the Limelight, by Joe Drape, New York Times, May 13, 2010]
But again, the story doesn`t say that—so I assume it`s not what happened.
Jockey—another job Americans won`t do.
"Whispering Eddie" says he left a dead-end insurance job in New Jersey six years ago to wager on professional sports and play poker. He says that although he is only "a few cents" ahead, he`s having more fun…despite Nevada`s high illegal alien population. Eddie`s previous letter outlining the betting odds on then-candidate Barack Obama is here.