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.
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Professional horse races are operated by track owners under the observation of national associations. This section links to the official Web sites of prominent associations, tracks and races.
- The Web sites of the tracks listed below all feature visitor information, ticket sales, race schedules and daily entrants, live odds and results.
- For more links to tracks across the country, see the directories on the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Thoroughbred Racing Associations Web sites.
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Churchill Downs Incorporated
owns not only Churchill Downs (home of the Kentucky Derby) but also Arlington (Illinois), Calder (Miami) and Fair Grounds (New Orleans).
manages many well-known tracks, including Pimlico (Baltimore), Gulfstream (Florida) and Santa Anita (California).
For horse races …
The Kentucky Derby
is the first jewel of the Triple Crown. Contested annually since 1875, the Derby is run on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Its Web site includes news, blogs, profiles of contending horses and coverage of prep races. Visit the “History” section to see lists of winning horses and connections, charts of past races and a glance at the role women and African-Americans have played.
The Breeders’ Cup
is a series of championship races run over two days in late fall, at a rotating list of host tracks. The site has bios of all the horses, jockeys and trainers contending for a spot in the Breeders’ Cup, as well as historical stats and records in PDF format. There are also recaps and video for each of last year’s races.
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