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    A hold of more than US$40 million on a single horse race might seem substantial in most racing jurisdictions — the stuff of dreams, in fact —but for Japan it is a drop in the ocean, and now overseas races are finally getting a taste of the action. It can take a while for the bureaucratic wheels to start turning within the Japan Racing Association (JRA), but the nation's ravenous horse racing bettors have been unleashed on a selected number of overseas events. That hold figure is for the amount bet on the first of the JRA’s simulcast races held in October when some of their punters were set loose on the Prix d l'Arc de Triomphe in France.