The World of Horse Racing
Horse racing is a form of equestrian performance sports, in which jockeys ride two or more horses over a set distance for competition. The sport is generally divided into Thoroughbred horse races and American Triple Crown races.
Modern horse racing began in the 18th Century
Modern horse racing began in the 18th Century, but its roots date back to ancient times. It was the only sport that was practiced by almost all ancient civilizations.
The sport evolved into a public-entertainment business that continues to thrive today. In the United States, it is the second most widely attended spectator sport, after baseball.
Today, horse racing is an important public-entertainment business. In the 21st century, it has been impacted by technological advances and has become the subject of legalized gambling.
In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, a sport called steeplechasing spread from Ireland to the US. However, it took a while to get popular.
By the end of the eighteenth century, horse racing in England had become a significant industry. A new breed of “thoroughbred” horses emerged, whose speed was a standard of prestige and wealth.
Thoroughbred horse races
The sport of horse racing is a global sport. It’s known as the “sport of kings”. There are four different styles of horse racing: flat, jump, harness, and endurance racing.
In the United States, the most popular style of horse racing is Flat Racing. This type of racing involves the running of a specified distance on a leveled track. Horses usually run around 4-12 furlongs. A photo finish is used to determine the winner.
Standardbred horses, which specialize in harness racing, compete against other horses of the same gender. They also move at a brisk pace, typically at a trot. Their muscles are strong, their joints are robust, and they’re slightly heavier than a typical thoroughbred.
Another type of Thoroughbred horse race is a Graded Stakes Race. This type of race derives its name from the stake or entry fee. The higher class races are called Grade I Stakes. These races have bigger purses and involve the same class of competitors.
French horse race classics
The horse track of Las Vegas is no longer the only way to get your horse racing fix. For a fraction of the price of a Vegas night out, you can get in on the action in the states or overseas. From the highbrow to the humble, the horse tracks of the world are yours to conquer. And while you’re at it, check out the plethora of other sporting activities, such as polo and rugby. As for the horses, make sure to give yours a little tender loving care, they can be a bit of a handful after a long day in the saddle. Lastly, be careful not to get spooked, you’ll never know when you’ll be out of your element.
Aside from the requisite vet checks, there’s nothing quite like a few brews in the saddle to keep you limber and smug, while a bourbon or two gets you ready to take on the competition.
American Triple Crown
The American Triple Crown horse race is a rite of passage for many a horse enthusiast. While the prize money is slashed to the bone, the thrill of watching horses in action is well worth the trip to Louisville, Kentucky. Thankfully, there is no shortage of horses atop which to choose from. In the early spring of the year preceding the big show, it’s a good idea to have your eyes open. With the best luck, you may just get lucky.
As the name implies, the triple crown is actually a three race series. The three main events are the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes. It’s also worth noting that each of the aforementioned races is run on a different day of the week. The longest time between races can be as little as a few days.
Japanese horse racing governing bodies
Japanese horse racing is a sport that has a long history. The first modern-style race was held in Yokohama in 1861. Since then, the sport has seen numerous changes. Currently, there are two governing bodies for horseracing in Japan.
The Japan Racing Association (JRA) is the main governing body. It organizes major races in cities around the country. This association also offers short-term riding licenses to foreign jockeys.
Another governing body is the National Association of Racing. These bodies are run by the local governments. They mainly organize dirt graded events.
In addition to the JRA and NAR, there are other governing bodies that oversee a network of local courses. Some local governments have even discussed closing down their horseracing facilities.
For a long time, horse racing in Japan was a tourist attraction, and betting was illegal. However, legislation was passed in 1936. This was a landmark event in the development of horse racing.