Thoroughbred Racing Center Opens

The Thoroughbred Racing Center opens. The Board of Directors has decided that horse racing sports can continue soon after all the necessary precautions are implemented in our racing tracks. This means that people who like to bet on horse racing will have that pleasure soon. For now, we don’t allow visitors in the Racing Center, however, they will be able to watch our horse races on a local TV and bet in the local betting offices. We will keep you updated on the decision, but there are several surprises that we plan to introduce to our beloved public.

During this crisis, we have communicated with our fans on a frequent basis. That’s why we are sure that they will support us when necessary. We have also been in touch with individual contractors and racers. They all assured us that Thoroughbred Racing Center is one of their favorite places to perform, ensuring us and the fans that our facilities will continue to organize exciting races. We are very glad that we have managed to keep the unity of all relevant stakeholders in this sport.

We are excited to the Thoroughbred Racing Center’s doors to the public. But for that, we need a bit more time. Still, since the Thoroughbred Racing Center is a place where both animals and people meet, we have equipped our facilities with air purifiers the like from CleanBreathing to help people with allergies enjoy their stay. That is just one of the measures we have taken for the comfort of our fans. Other measures include sites that will provide everyone with the necessary distancing, we have equipped the tracks with hand sanitizing gels, we closed the saunas for the jockeys, and have provided isolation rooms for each of them. Sanitization of door handles, escalators, elevators, chairs, etc. has always been done at the Thoroughbred Racing Center, and we will continue with this good practice in the future.

Don’t Forget Your Tail Lights!

My motto is I live to ride and ride to live. It’s a good one for someone with a thoroughbred racing center don’t you think. But you don’t have to be a pro in the field to enjoy the joy or horsemanship. Let’s hear it for the equine species. I am here to spread the word. I am in the profession by choice, by nature, by temperament, and anything else that applies. I am in Texas, which is truly horse country, but it doesn’t matter where you are—rural or urban alike. We are all kindred spirits.

I have many pointers over time that I will share and experiences to tickle and amuse your funny bone. For today, I have a simple lesson about riding at night. Anyone who has indulged knows about the dark. It is particularly important if you are in a populated area or on a trail with other riders to be seen from the rear. Don’t forget your tail lights is what I have to say. It is just plain courtesy to remind other people that you are also there sharing the same locale. I have heard tell of accidental collisions although they are certainly rare since horses have a sixth sense about what is around them, even in the dark. But give everyone a break and light up when you ride at night. If nothing else, use a flashlight. Get a durable one with a long battery life. You can enjoy your evening rides knowing you are promoting safety on the trail. Protect your animal and yourself with a simple device.

Flashlights are mundane practical tools and we all need a few of them. A newly released model with a titanium body gives a bright light with a standard or lithium-ion battery. You want a powerful illuminator if you are going to carry it at all. Why bother with a minimal signal? These new models can throw brilliant white light for up to 120 yards. And it isn’t a cumbersome giant monster either. You can practically wear it around your neck. Most of them are adjustable to adapt to your needs in different conditions. Some even come with a strobe function to disorient an attacking animal and even an SOS for help. Get an EDC flashlight at http://www.flashlightpro.net/best-small-edc-flashlights/ that will cover all the bases and you can’t go wrong.

You want a combination of power and functionality so choose wisely. Make sure the flashlight is easy to grip, even while wearing riding gloves. Also, check that your device is resistant to drops and impacts and, if you like, water. Some can be submerged up to two meters—so if there is a puddle on your trail you are protected. If you like to keep your things in pristine condition, the new flashlights are also scratch and corrosion resistant. They should resist average wear and tear and even last through extensive use. Get the optimal EDC light and get on your horse for that coveted night ride.

Protecting the Thoroughbred

Taking care of a thoroughbred is a full-time, although pleasurable job, what with the feeding, grooming, and exercising tasks. You no doubt have a routine, fairly rigid schedule to keep your asset in the peak of health. The first action as an owner is to get some hired help, and preferably someone who knows the ropes. One thing not to forget in all this care is to check for insects. Flies like to flit around horse dung and have been known to invade a glorious mane now and then. While you protect your animal with fences and various modes of security, you can’t forget the smaller criminals that can rob your horse of his health.

When you see flies and mosquitos in any number, you don’t have to call a pest control service. You can take care of it in a matter of fact manner yourself with one of many DIY methods of killing flies. Your elimination program will not only get rid of unwanted intruders, but it will also prevent the next generation from taking root. Most of these pests like moisture. It attracts them to the stable environment. Keeping wetness down is essential (which is aa by-product of weed and vegetation control), meaning some pretty strenuous chores. This includes manure removal as thoroughbred owners well known. Don’t fail to take out uneaten feed while you are at it. Your experienced stable hand will know how to spread the manure thinly so it can dry out quickly, thus addressing the issue of fly larvae in the animal’s habitat.

If the flies do manage to breed in spite of your futile attempts, and they lay their eggs in stools, you need feed-through products that will sterilize them. Of course these are toxic only to the flies. These flying menaces also like wet straw, grass clippings, grain, and moist soil as good alternatives. Don’t indulge them. Minute wasps can be brought in since they love to eat the larvae and it helps keep the population of flies in check.

So what else can you do? Insecticides seem the logical, although perhaps the most disagreeable, answer. Read labels very slowly and carefully, and follow the directions to the letter. You need to have a big problem to warrant this type of pest control but it can be safe for your horse or you wouldn’t want to do it. There are sprays, foggers, and misters from which to choose for an enclosed area. Fly bait works only on house flies so you have to know your species well.

Repellants are effective right on an animal believe it or not. Shampoos and lotions are formulated expressly for the purpose of pest control on horses. The base substance can be oil or water based and the product needs repeat application. There are other assorted mechanical devices that serve to “repel” as their purpose such as clip-on strips that go on bridles, fly masks, and fly shakers.

You may have some personal preferences and assorted tips and tricks to share of your own. This is a base level kind of instruction blog to help you understand the problem and how to deal with it effectively.

The Best of the Best: Great Horse Races and Race Tracks in the U.S.

Great Horse Races and Race Tracks in the U.S.

If you are looking to watch a great horse race, there are lots of places to do so all around the world and many of the best are in the United States.  Which one is the best is a matter of opinion so read on to find which might be best suited for you.

One thing to consider when picking a race to attend is the type of race.  If you know anything about horse racing, you are familiar with the varieties such as flat racing, steeple chasing, and harness racing.  Most tracks specialize in one type but may offer other ones as well.

Another important consideration is location, location, location.  If you live in Fort Worth, Texas, you need only to drive a short distance to Lone Star Park to catch a great race and can visit the Bar and Book seven days a week as well.

But if you live in Fort Worth and are wanting to go to a race that is rich in tradition, you may opt to travel to Louisville, Kentucky on the first Saturday in May to see the Kentucky Derby at the Churchill Downs.  The Kentucky Derby has been around since 1875.  You will experience the legendary sounds of the University of Louisville Marching Band as they belt out “My Old Kentucky Home” by Stephen Foster.  You will no doubt see ladies with big fancy hats and many fans sipping on the signature Mint Julep drink.  The Kentucky Derby is the first leg of the Triple Crown and is often called the “most exciting two minutes in sports” so you are in for a real treat if you are fortunate enough to attend this race.  There are other fantastic races held at this track as well.

The Pimlico Race Course is another great track.  There you can see the Preakness Stakes on the third Saturday in May.  It is the second part of the Triple Crown.  While the winner of the Kentucky Derby is rewarded with a blanket of roses, the jockey of the champion of the Preakness Stakes is honored with a silver Woodlawn Vase and the horse is blanketed with Black Eyed Susan flowers.  This track is rich in history and the spectators are generally decked to the nines with ladies sporting fashionable hats and men wearing eye-catching colored attire as well.

The Belmont Stakes is held annually in Elmont, New York on the first Saturday every June and is the final event in the Triple Crown series.  As you can imagine, it is a memorial and very exciting event.  It is also the longest of the three with horses racing a mile and a half.

Saratoga is another famous racetrack.  Located in Saratoga Springs, New York, it is my favorite for being family oriented as it has many attractions for children and wonderful mineral baths available nearby as well.  The track has been around for over 150 years and there’s a great reason why…it is an awesome experience.

Another honorable mention is Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California.  This great track is home to the famous horse, Sea Biscuit.  If you are in the mood for a winter race, this is the place to be as it is exciting and the weather is fairly welcoming as well.

If you are looking for a great race at a fabulous race track in the United States, you are in luck.  There are many to choose from.  The most difficult part will be deciding which one suits your fancy but no doubt, you will figure that out.

Training at the Beach

Even horses want a change of pace now and then like humans. We like variety and a break from our daily routines. So do animals. Horses are smart and intelligent. Why not reward them with a new training spot once in a while. Listen to a few testimonials and see for yourself:

Helen G

I live in Carmel, California, just about the prettiest beach town I know. The climate is cool and lovely, while a bit cold in the winter. It doesn’t snow and roads are always clear. You might say it is a little slice of heaven. I have four horses that I work daily. I show two of them. They all get to train on the beach and are never deterred by the roaring waves. They love the white caps as much as I do. They strain their necks to the skies with pride.

Jamison D

I highly recommend the coast as a home for horses. You don’t have to stay in the plains. They love the beach and never balk at a training day near the sand. My area in the northeast is rocky but there are plenty of places that work well for my purposes. When asked, I affirm with a big “yes.”

Piper L

Since I was a girl, I have been riding along the shore since I live only two miles away. In fact, the ranch is adjacent to one cove area. It feels like my own private space. There is a moderately steep path along a cliff and then they are free to roam and romp. It reminds me of wild horses, but at heart, mine are pretty tame!

Nestor J

Why not take your horses for a run at the beach. This is not alien to them. I live in southern Texas near Galveston and I see that a few others have caught on to the idea. We should form a club. There are certain areas designated for this. It is a beautiful sight indeed.

Connie B

You have to accommodate your horses to training in the sand. At first they might not want to get their feet wet. Mine got to the point of pawing the soft ground and splashing in the surf at low tide. Have you seen a horse jump driftwood? Now that’s something special!

As you can see, training a horse at the shore is not a novel concept and has been going on since man first conquered the mighty animal. In Bradenton Florida, you can wade in the Palma Sola Bay. There is actually something called horse surfing and horse skiing, but I haven’t figure it out yet. You might even see a few wild dolphin swim by so I am told. If you’re riding your horse through the waves, it might be worth investing in a good quality dry bag to protect your phone and other gadgets.

Other countries have great venues laden with vast seas of white sand and glorious native vegetation. I am thinking of Australia, southern Spain, the coasts of Great Britain, Thailand, the Italian Riviera, and much more. I would love to hear your adventures and welcome your stories.

Becoming a Jockey: The Race is On

Becoming a Jockey

So you want to be a jockey?  Do you have what it takes to ride for the roses?  And are you willing to risk life and limb to race your horse victoriously to the finish line?  If so, you may just have a shot at it.

Being a horse racing jockey is not simply a matter of desire.  There are other factors that come into play that are beyond one’s control.  A jockey must be of small build and light weight.  A jockey can weight no more than 115 pounds.  That is just the way it is and if you don’t quality, best to bow out now.

A jockey also must have a way with horses.  Either you were born with that “horse whisperer” sense, or you were not.  Communication with the horse you are riding is imperative or you will not succeed so unless you truly love and relate to horses, don’t quit your day job.

If, however, you are great with horses and you were born with the right build, you are in luck.  Great jockeys are in big demand.  To hone in on the skills you intuitively have, you will need to take it to the next level if you want to pursue it as a career though.

Jockeying is very competitive.  It will take everything you have and then some.  While riding across the finish line is glamourous indeed, the daily grind of training is far from it.  It is hard work.  Being a jockey is extremely dangerous too.  In the United States alone, twenty-four jockeys have died during a race.  Many more have suffered fatalities in other countries and this does not include those who have died during training or in situations off the track.

If you are still all in to go all out, you will be pleased to know that there are actually schools that will train you to become a jockey.  While at the academy, you will learn the rules of professional racing and riding, how to care for horses, fitness and nutrition and much, much more.  You will also get your hands dirty as most schools are hands-on training and barn work as well.

Whether you attend school or not, you will need to start at the bottom.  First off will be to get approval to work on the track back side.  To do so, a recommendation of an owner or trainer is mandatory.

Most likely, you will start off by cooling down horses that have been exercised or even who have run or raced.  This is called “walking hots” and may not sound like an important position but…it is.  A horse must be cooled off and doing it with ease and skill will get you noticed.  It’s a great time to rub shoulders with established staff who can help steer you in the right direction and put in a good word for you as well.

Grooming is next on the list.  It is vital that horses be cleaned, brushed and groomed to perfection so excelling in this area will help move you up the ladder.

When a horse is getting ready to race, he is led onto the track which is called being ponied.  Learning the fine art of ponying is another excellent way to get noticed.

Exercising horses is a biggie.  When you show that you can handle horses with skill, you will build trust and recognition among the “who’s who” of the track.  If you do your best every time and you will, no doubt, reap the rewards.

Entering in small competition races will help earn you the right to compete in the big ones.  Once you have shown that you are competent and safe when grooming, exercising and mock-racing, you can then apply for your jockey license at the track.  Then, saddle up…the race is on!

The Kentucky Derby: Deep Roots and Beautiful Roses

run of the roses

If you’re a horse racing fan, you already know what you’ll be doing the first Saturday in May.  You’ll be watching the Kentucky Derby, come hell or high water.  It’s an event that only happens once a year and every horse race lover in the nation will be glued to the television screen unless, of course, you’re lucky enough to have a live view of the action.  For a horse racing fan, it’s the most exciting and exhilarating two minutes in sports the entire year.

The Kentucky Derby has rich roots in history.  It has been around since 1875.  Often referred to as the “Run for the Roses”, the competition is held annually on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky where Thoroughbreds run a mile and a quarter for the gold, or in this case, for the blanket of roses that is awarded to the winner.  The Kentucky Derby is the most attended and most watched of all the horse races.

It all began when Col. Meriwether Lewis Clark, the grandson of William Clark who was famous for the Lewis and Clark expedition, became infatuated with the Derby when visiting England.  On his journey, he also went to France where he noted the French Jockey Club’s version of the Derby.  It was then he decided that the United States needed a grand horse racing event as well and the rest is history.

Upon returning home, Clark set about to organize the Louisville Jockey Club which raised funds for the track.  Land was donated by Henry Churchill and thus, the name was honorable given, Churchill Downs.  Opening day boasted a crowd of 10,000 ecstatic horse racing fans.  A race has been held every single year since even in spite of financial difficulties and various other problems that have been encountered.  The race has gone on, no matter what.

The Kentucky Derby is limited to three year-old horses that are Thoroughbreds.  It is the first of three races that a horse must win in order to win the American Triple Crown.  The other two are the Belmont and the Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.

It wasn’t until at an after party for the Derby, that Churchill Downs passed out roses to the ladies at the event that Clark got the idea of presenting a blanket of roses to the winner of the race, five hundred and fifty-four roses, to be exact.  That is how the race earned its term of endearment, “Run for the Roses” which is also the title of a song that was written and sung by Dan Fogelberg in honor of the occasion.

There are lots of traditions that go along with the Kentucky Derby.  Mint Julep is the going drink, in no uncertain terms.  Burgoo, a meat and vegetable stew, is also a big deal.  Ladies dress in their finest and wear their biggest, fanciest hats to the occasion.  Furthermore, you will always hear the University of Louisville Marching Band perform “My Old Kentucky Home” by Stephen Foster.

The Kentucky Derby is not only a must-see event for horse racing fans, it is a mecca for those who bet, those who watch fashion and those who love history and tradition as well.  On the first Saturday every May, it’s the event every horse racing enthusiast will be glued to, taking it all in as one more Kentucky Derby goes down in history.

Saddle Up: Racehorse Syndication is Rocking the Nation

Saddle Up

Lots of people love horse racing.  The lucky ones get to live the dream.  At one time, even being a spectator of the sport was set aside only for the aristocrats and noblemen but now it is accessible to most everyone.  But what do it take to jump in and really get involved in horse racing?  Is that part still for the well to do or can the commonwealth everyday person join in too?

Taking your passion for horse racing to the next level can mean different things to different people.  Are you wanting to jockey?  Maybe your forte is to actually own the horse.  Or, perhaps you just want to be involved at whatever level is possible.

It is more possible now than ever for an averaged income person to take part in more than just watching a race or placing an occasional bet now and then.  If you are interested in owning your own horse, you might be excited to hear about something called syndication.  Syndication is when a group of people, be it family, friends or even strangers, go in together in ownership of a horse. They become a team.

Prices actually start fairly low.  Of course you can “upgrade” but if you want to get your feet wet, you can do so for very little.  Your shares will reflect your investment but you can always add on.

Talk about convenience!  You can go to the site and personally see your horse and exchange money then and there or, you can do it all with a click.  Racehorse syndication is available online on quite a few sites, actually.  There are things you may want to learn about before you dive in, like administration fees or hidden costs.  You will, for sure, want to do your research and make sure you are dealing with legit, upstanding people but then, bam!  In seconds you can be the proud owner, or part owner, of a fine racehorse.

There are ongoing costs which will occur but that is to be expected.  There will most likely be a charge for training during training seasons and spelling as well.  Check the particular company you plan to deal with to see about such things as who covers veterinarian bills, feeding and so on.

The World Wide Web has brought changes to many facets of our lives but may none as apparent as horse racing.  Not only can you bet online and collect your winnings (or suffer you casualties) from the convenience of your living room, you can also purchase a horse online as well now.  Talk about a horse of a different color!

Some old timers say that horse tradin’ just ‘aint what it used to be and balk at the new-fangled changes.  I don’t know about you but I am not going to buck the modern system.  In fact, I am excited about it all.  In my opinion, when it comes to modern technology and horse racing and rearing, I think it’s fine time to saddle up.

Dress up for the Races – Ladies

Gals, get out those underused sewing machines, or find a new one online from shelikestosew.com. You all have needles and thread aplenty no doubt, and some extra fabric lying around from more ambitious days. We are advocating fashion for horseracing as the new hot trend. We have done so for guys with some handy tips in another blog, and you are next in line. Women don’t need much coaxing to look good, and we are optimistic that you will be leading the way soon. It used to be a dress-up event some time ago after all as a matter of course. Men wore suits, bowlers, and ties, women dresses and hats—even gloves. It would be great to go back in time and see how much difference it makes to sit next to a well-attired gentlemen and not a beer-guzzling slob in dirty jeans and smelly t-shirt. I think manners and general behavior reflect what you wear. It would prompt you to go more often and would be a great excuse to add new items to your closet as well.

Even if you are on a limited budget and want to spend every cent at the races on betting, as well you should, if you are adept at sewing, you can alter and improve almost anything. I have known many ladies to fashion great hats by hand with a few scraps lying around. It is all about creativity and flair, not what you spend. Now you have another outlet for your imagination and you can get your friends into the act. Horseracing can be very civilized and elegant or it can be low brow and base. You can guess what I prefer. Join me in my cause by following my basic Fashion 101 rules.

Fashion 101 for A Day at the Races

  • Jeans are just so overdone. Yawn.
  • Torn anything is just so overdone. Sigh.
  • Showing a lot of skin or wearing revealing clothing is so overdone. For shame.
  • Showing a thong or crack is, well….we don’t have to remind you what you already know.
  • Jewelry has a new time and place. Don’t you love it!
  • Hats and gloves have a new time and place.
  • Makeup has a new time and place, especially subtle application.
  • Feel free to look retro and festive. Create certain days of the year for special garb.
  • Feel free to express your love of race day. It will rub off. Be a leader of the pack (crowd behavior is a wonderful thing).
  • Feel free to have more fun at what you love already by looking the part.

It is as simple as a few simple rules and suggestions. Nothing too hard. We don’t need to get too specific. Your style is up to you. Skirts, pants, silk or chiffon blouses (the fancier the better), and nice leather footwear are all par for the race course. Let’s rev up the experience a few notches. It is already great, of course, but we can add to its appeal and entice more women to join in the fun.

His Mother Was a Mudder

Horses are not all the same in temperament and spirit. They like different ambiance, grazing areas, weather, and people around them. It what they are used to, or bred to be used to. Trainers specialize and need proper training and education in care of special breeds. A thoroughbred, for example, is an altogether different animal for racing or show. They are wonderful competitors in jumping, dressage, and eventing. Furthermore, these athletic and energetic beings react differently to the climate, as trainers and jockeys well know.

What happens, for example, when the weather is inclement and just pours rain from the sky as if God had turned on a heavenly kitchen faucet? The mighty horse can handle it, but can you? He will take cover and ride it out so to speak. You will have to deal with mud puddles and grooming requirements at a later date. You may have to encourage your animal to take shelter, however, with some bribery, as many don’t like to be cooped up. You don’t want the hooves standing in water because of the possibility of rot that comes from fungus in the soil (not the rain), but then again you don’t want them stalled without fresh air and exercise. At least you don’t have to worry about them catching colds from rain. They don’t! The can get respiratory conditions from breathing dust and fumes, hence the precaution about stalling. Rain by itself is not the enemy. A light rain never hurt anything, but if it is a deluge, horses will run to the barn (particularly true in really cold and snowy areas).

Interestingly, the oils on a horse’s coat repel water. If yours looks soaked, he probably isn’t. You can rinse the mud off the mudder and examine whether the caked on stuff is hiding anything that has to be removed, or concealing a wound. You are likely to have more problems with getting wet and soggy than your equine friends. The one thing you want to remember is to show your horse where the field shelters are just in case.

So must of the time, baring ill health or a fever, rain and water are not problems. Mud is a cosmetic issue at best. Remember that horses once lived in the wild without pens and barns. They stood under trees if they felt the need for protection. So by now they love the pasture and sometimes a good puddle to roll in. You don’t want stored up energy bursting through the stall walls and making your horse crazy. Many tough breeds have been known to brace against the wind and take several feet of snow in stride. They might want to take shelter from the sun more than the rain!

All in all, under normal circumstances (i.e. no lightening), you can let nature take its course and look after your animals’ general health and welfare as usual. Rain rot (also called rain scald) has to do with warm, humid climates and is not your winter woe and it is easy to treat in any case. Meanwhile, let your horses go their own way in the rain where they can feel free and unfettered.

Catering for a Race

A Day at the Races is charity day at our local track. The event comes but once a year and is a real crowd pleaser and big regional draw. Groups come out to watch the parade of horses and the excitement of competition. They charge their members a fee for great seats and a gourmet buffet meal prepared right there on race day. The money all goes to a special cause. The press is always in tow. Professional chefs are hired for the festivities, and it is indeed a splendid occasion. The spread is what you would definitely call fancy with fine sliced meats and cheeses carved by the top rated kitchen appliances. Beautiful platters are set up under colorful pavilions for guests to dine in style on fabulous fare. It is such a throwback to another era. The food is creative and well-prepared by caterers of renown.

You can clearly see how it is all done, right there before your prying eyes. The art of adorning serving trays is done with hand slicers and cutters. Vegetables and fruits look like gracious floral garlands. Mixers and blenders abound to make fresh smoothies and whipped cream for the coffee. Giant urns are on standby offering tea, coffee, and decaf. It is a sumptuous feast requiring many diligent expert knife-wielding hands. The sushi chef is usually the most admired, so agile and skilled. He can roll a tasty tidbit in seconds, or maybe two or three. They are elegant and of the utmost beauty, each and every one. His appliances are his deft hands. Everyone tries to outdo the other to make this an exceptional treat. The horse owners and fans love it as well. They like to see new faces from different places joining them in their favorite pastime. It is one big horseracing love fest!

The bartender whips up some old-time beverages sure to please the crowd made with bourbon and mint, and a pinch of sugar. I think there is some special Kentucky Derby recipe involved. Spiced punch is another option served with giant silver ladles in glass mugs. Artful flower arrangements bedeck every corner of the main table as if in competition to the grand winner’s circle bouquet on clear display.

I have seen some charitable attendees come in unique costumed attire, sometimes turn of the century Ascot-style garb. Women wear giant flowered hats festooned with ribbons and long full dresses. If they go all out, on their dainty feet are lace-up booties. The men have on three-piece suits of the era and spectacular top hats. If it is summer, these suits are light cream in color. A few sport canes and monocles for extra oomph. It all adds to the fun for fundraising atmosphere. After the races, the groups get photo ops with the winning jockeys and breeders. It becomes a nice souvenir of a wonderful experience. I am surprised they don’t do this more often. Those with tight purse strings might shell out plenty for such a glorious day at the races.

Horse Racing Through the Years

horse racing throughtout the year

The love of horse racing goes back hundreds of years.  From the days of old when Greeks and Romans raced chariots drawn by horses and even in Norse mythology when the god Odin, who wore the over-sized wide-brimmed hat to hide his identity, and the giant Hrungnir faced off in the contest of the steeds, horse racing has been around.  Archaeological records confirm that the sport was extremely popular in ancient history in many countries and many cultures as well.

Asia is rich in horse racing history.  In fact, some of the earliest racing roots on record are from the men of the nomadic tribes in Central Asia.  Not only was racing quite the stir there but Asia is also responsible for the domestication of the horse.

Horses as well as horse racing came to England when knights came home from their Crusades and brought horses back with them.  As the Arab stallions bred with mares of British decent, Thoroughbreds were born.  It was found that Thoroughbreds were a perfect mix of endurance and speed and thus horse racing began and Great Britain came alive with the love for the sport.

Ancient horse racing was once deemed the “Sport of Kings” because it was so well loved by the elite royalty and aristocrats in Britain.  The royal family has been known to love watching the racing throughout history.  The sport is no longer confined to the rich and powerful though, second only to football, horse racing is still the most watched sport in Great Britain to date.

American settlers brought their love for horse racing “across the pond” with them.  The first course was constructed in 1665 in Long Island, New York.  The colonial governor even attended the opening race.  By 1890 there were over 300 tracks and plenty of horse racing fans to watch them.

Some of the most known events in the United States are the legendary Kentucky Derby which is held annually in Louisville, Kentucky on the first Saturday of May, the Preakness Stakes which takes place Pimlico in Baltimore, Maryland and the Breeder’s Cup which is hosted at a different track each year.

A lot has changed with the sport as it has evolved through history.  The horses are purchased rather than acquired by war in Crusades.  Races are generally done with jockeys riding the horses instead of being inside a chariot.  Now a days, there are laws regarding the gambling that takes place on a race as well as tests administered on the horses and jockeys alike to ensure there are no enhancements being given.  Horse racing has become a huge money-making commodity worldwide and is regulated as such.

The love for horse racing remains as exciting to the crowd as it ever has been.  That is one thing that will never change.  If history remains true to itself, it will stand true that as long as there are horses and there are people, there will be the passion for horse racing.