Basics of Thoroughbred Horse Racing

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Horse Racing: The Sport of Kings

Most horse races last about two minutes, but horse racing fans will tell you there’s more excitement in those two minutes than in an entire football or baseball game. This Web guide explains how horse racing has evolved to its current form, directs you to the best news and handicapping sources, shows you how and where you can wager, and helps you become involved in the sport.

History and Types of Horse Racing

Horse racing dates back to 4500 B.C.; today, it is one of the most ubiquitous sports, contested on ... read more »

Basics of Thoroughbred Horse Racing

This section helps you understand the different types of horses and races, and teaches you important horse racing terminology.

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  • Horse racing beginners should also check out the introduction to handicapping in the “Betting on Horse Racing” section of this Web guide.
  • A thoroughbred is a breed of horse whose ancestry traces to three foundation sires—the Darley Arabian, the Godolphin Arabian and the Byerly Turk. These three stallions were brought to England from the Middle East during the 17th century and bred with English horses. The result was an animal that could carry weight with sustained speed over extended distances.
  • The Jockey Club is the official registrar of thoroughbreds in the United States. There are similar authorities in other countries.

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Horse Racing Associations, Tracks and Famous Races

Professional horse races are operated by track owners under the observation of national ... read more »

Horse Racing News and Handicapping Information

This section features the best sources for news on racing and breeding, as well as valuable ... read more »

Betting on Horse Racing

This section teaches you how to handicap and shows you the best Web sites to place online bets. read more »

Buying a Racehorse

Many premier horses are owned by wealthy breeders who have been in the game for decades. But just ... read more »

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