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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This section features the best sources for news on racing and breeding, as well as valuable handicapping information.
- The following sites all focus exclusively on horse racing. You can also find horse racing sections on the do-it-all sports sites found in the findingDulcinea Sports Web Guide.
- Serious horse racing bettors make their selections by analyzing data about the previous races run by each horse; this trove of data, known as “past performances,” is most definitely indicative of future performance.
For horse racing news …
may not be the best-looking site, but it is the single best source of horse racing news on the Internet. Run by one individual with a tremendous passion for the sport, the site provides links (updated daily) to relevant stories about horse racing from newspapers around the world, grouped by subject matter.
is a well-regarded publication on the subject of breeding thoroughbred racehorses that also features news and analysis of racing. It offers information on breeding, horse health and auctions, as well as a directory of stallions. On the racing side, you’ll find transcripts of chats with prominent figures in the racing world
and a “Blog Stable
” with several blogs on subjects such as breeding, Triple Crown racing, maidens and general thoroughbred racing.
The Thoroughbred Times
is a Kentucky-based weekly magazine featuring news and commentary on racing, breeding and buying horses. Its Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup sections are quite detailed, with news stories and profiles of competing horses. Look for news stories, an international stallion directory and a schedule of upcoming sales. The Buyer’s Guides
and yearly Auction Review
can be purchased online.
offers horse racing analysis and commentary from John Pricci, longtime horse racing writer for Newsday, as well as several other veteran racing writers.
For handicapping information …
The Daily Racing Form
is the most popular choice for bettors planning their wagering strategies. Free registration gives you access to news, entries, results and analysis from a large collection of experts. Subscribers receive past performances, speed figures and race charts as part of a $9.95 monthly (or $89.95 yearly) subscription. For major races like the Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup, past performances are available for free to registrants.
is the thoroughbred industry’s official database of racing information and stats and the sole provider of data to the Daily Racing Form. It provides a wide range of handicapping information sold individually and through monthly and yearly subscriptions. Available information includes race programs, past performances of varying detail, race charts and video race replays. The Equineline service offers lifetime past performances and five-generation pedigrees for all horses.
is a handicapping tool that relies on a performance rating system to assess a horse’s potential and where the horse is in its current form cycle. View analyses of established patterns and a sample of The Sheets before purchasing by e-mail, fax, FedEx or at selected tracks.
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