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HORSE RACING is an equestrian sport, involving two or more jockeys riding horses over a set distance for competition. It is one of the most ancient of all sports and its basic premise - to identify which of two or more horses is the fastest over a set course or distance - has remained unchanged since the earliest times.

Horse races vary widely in format. Often, countries have developed their own particular horse racing traditions. Variations include restricting races to particular breeds, running over obstacles, running over different distances, running on different track surfaces and running in different gaits.

While horses are sometimes raced purely for sport, a major part of horse racing's interest and economic importance lies in the gambling associated with it, an activity that in 2008 generated a world-wide market worth around US$115 billion.

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  • The start of the 2009 Hong Kong Derby.
  • Another weekend of death at the Kentucky Derby but don’t expect change - "There is no other mainstream sport where carnage and indifference occur so regularly - and are as tolerated."
  • Athina Onassis Horse Show - since 2007.
  • Best & Biggest Hats At The 2023 Kentucky Derby - "From The Crown in the morning to the Triple Crown at night, May 6 could go down in headwear history. In London, King Charles III’s long-awaited coronation brought out a sea of fancy hats and flowering fascinators - Princess Anne’s feathered millinery temporarily caused Prince Harry to have an obstructed view of the festivities - while in Louisville, the horse racing faithful gathered in their Churchill Downs finery for the 149th running of the Kentucky Derby."
  • Billionaires Still Love the Horse Race That Stops a Nation - "Melbourne Cup lures owners with more than $5 million in prizes. Ultra wealthy undeterred amid rising animal cruelty concerns."
  • Breeders' Cup: European challenge comes up short on opening day - The Guardian.
  • CONDITION RACES - Group 1.
  • DERBY HORSE RACES - Wikipedia.
  • Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed is finally a Melbourne Cup winner - "It has taken 30 years and millions of dollars, but Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum can now finally call himself a Melbourne Cup winner."
  • Durban July: South Africa's most fashionable horse race returns - "Tens of thousands of people are expected in the coastal city of Durban this weekend for the annual Durban July, billed as Africa's biggest horse-racing event."
  • Grand National 2016: Horses & runners - The Telegraph.
  • Grand National 2016 sweepstake kit - download and print off, then pick your winner - The Telegraph.
  • Grand National: Why everyone's a winner in the greatest sporting event on earth - The Telegraph.
  • HANDICAP RACE - Wikipedia.
  • Hats on & Off at the 150th Kentucky Derby - "America's most famous horse race may be celebrating a milestone this year, but the hats are the real stars of the show."
  • Horse Deaths Are Haunting the Racing World Ahead of the Kentucky Derby. Here's What's Being Done to Stop Them - TIME Magazine
  • Latonia Derby - American Thoroughbred horse race run annually from 1883 through 1937 at Latonia Race Track in Latonia, Kentucky, U.S.A.
  • List of horse races - Wikipedia.
  • Lock & Co. presents the Royal Ascot collection - since 1676. "An exclusive selection of eye-catching styles and statement pieces to perfectly complement your race day outfit."
  • Melbourne Cup Day 2021: fun, fashion & sun at Flemington racecourse - in pictures - "With Covid restrictions easing, a 10,000-strong, fully-vaccinated crowd watched Verry Elleegant claim first place."
  • National Horse Show - oldest continually held horse show in the United States. It was founded in 1883 in New York and held there until 2002, when it moved to Florida and then to Kentucky. The National Horse Show offers competition for American Saddlebreds, hunters and show jumpers.
  • Paris gets ready for 'the best race in the world' - "Paris' Longchamp racecourse gets ready for 'the best race in the world'."
  • Royal Ascot Ladies' Day 2024 in pictures - "The third day of flat racing at Royal Ascot in Berkshire is one for women to show off their millinery and fashion."
  • Saudi Cup organisers withhold $20m prize amid doping probe - "FBI alleges Maximum Security, trained by Jason Servis, was given ‘growth factor’ drugs."
  • STEEPLECHASE - Wikipedia.
  • THE GRAND NATIONAL - Wikipedia.
  • TRIPLE CROWN OF THOROUGHBRED RACING - comprises three races for three-year-old Thoroughbred horses. Winning all three of these Thoroughbred horse races is considered the greatest accomplishment of a Thoroughbred racehorse. The term originated in mid-19th century England and different nations where thoroughbred racing is popular each have their own Triple Crown series.
  • Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing (United States) - series of three Thoroughbred horse races for three-year-old horses run in May and early June of each year consisting of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes.
  • World's richest horse races: The top six prize pots in racing - CNN Sport.
  • Top 20 Horse Racing Events
  • BELMONT STAKES - since 1867. American grade 1 stakes thoroughbred horse race held every June at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. The race is the third and final leg of the Triple Crown, following five weeks after the Kentucky Derby, and three weeks after the Preakness Stakes.
  • BREEDERS' CUP - since 1984. A Grade 1 Weight for Age thoroughbred horse race for 3 year olds and older run at a distance of 1¼ miles (2012 m) on dirt. Location: North America.
  • Cheltenham Festival - since 1860. A meeting in the National Hunt racing calendar held annually in March in the United Kingdom, with race prize money second only to the Grand National. The meeting usually coincides with Saint Patrick's Day, and is particularly popular with Irish visitors.
  • Dubai World Cup - since 1996. "The world's richest horse race and day of racing." A series of six thoroughbred horse races held annually at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Run under the auspices of the Emirates Racing Authority, the event currently offers purses totalling US$30 million and is the single richest day of Thoroughbred racing in the world.
  • EPSOM DERBY (THE DERBY) - since 1780. "The greatest flat race in the world." Epsom, Surrey, England. A Group 1 flat horse race in Great Britain which is open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies. 1st prize: £709,625 (2009).
  • Goodwood Festival - since 1979. Group 3 flat horse race in Great Britain open to thoroughbreds aged four years or older. It is run at Goodwood over a distance of 1 mile and 4 furlongs (2,414 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in late July or early August. Goodwood Racecourse, W. Sussex, England.
  • GRAND NATIONAL - since 1839. World-famous National Hunt horse race held annually at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, England. First run in 1839, it is a handicap steeplechase over 4 miles 3½ furlongs (7.141 km) with horses jumping 30 fences over two laps. It is the most valuable jump race in Europe, with a prize fund of £1 million in 2015.
  • Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris - since 1874. Group 1 steeplechase in France which is open to horses aged five years or older. It is run at Auteuil over a distance of 6,000 metres, and during its running there are twenty-three fences to be jumped. It is the richest and most prestigious jumps race in France, and it is scheduled to take place each year in late May.
  • GROUP 1 FLAT HORSE RACES - list of British flat horse races.
  • HONG KONG DERBY - thoroughbred horse race held annually since 1873. Restricted to horses four-years-old only since 1981.
  • IRISH DERBY - since 1866. "Where Champions Are Made." A group 1 flat horse race in Ireland which is open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies. It is run at the Curragh over a distance of 1 mile and 4 furlongs (2,414 metres).
  • KENTUCKY DERBY - American grade 1 stakes race for three-year-old Thoroughbred horses, held annually since 1875 in Churchill Downs, Louisville, KY, U.S.A.
  • MELBOURNE CUP - since 1861. Australia's major Thoroughbred horse race. Billed as The race that stops a nation, it is a race for three-year-olds and over, over a distance of 3,200 metres. It is the richest and most prestigious "two-mile" handicap in the world, and one of the richest turf races in the world.
  • Palio di Siena - (known locally simply as Il Palio) is a horse race that is held twice each year, on 2 July and 16 August, in Siena, Italy. Ten horses and riders, bareback and dressed in the appropriate colours, represent ten of the seventeen contrade, or city wards. The Palio held on 2 July is named Palio di Provenzano, in honour of the Madonna of Provenzano, a Marian devotion particular to Siena which developed around an icon from the Terzo Camollia. The Palio held on 16 August is named Palio dell'Assunta, in honour of the Assumption of Mary. Siena, Italy.
  • Pegasus World Cup - American Thoroughbred horse race whose first running was on January 28, 2017 at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida. It is run over the dirt at the distance of 1⅛ miles (9 furlongs) and is open to horses four years old and up. The Grade I rating was assumed from the Donn Handicap.
  • PREAKNESS STAKES - American grade 1 stakes race 1-3/16 mile (1.91 km) thoroughbred horse race for three-year-old horses, held on the third Saturday in May each year at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Prix d'AmÉrique - harness race held at the Vincennes hippodrome in Paris, France. The race takes place on the last Sunday of January every year, and has been doing so since 1920, with the exception for the years 1940-1941 when it was cancelled due to World War II. It is widely considered the most prestigious harness race in the world.
  • Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe - Group 1 flat horse race in France open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older. It is run at Longchamp over a distance of 2,400 metres (about 1½ miles), and it is scheduled to take place each year, usually on the first Sunday in October.
  • ROYAL ASCOT - since 1711. Royal Ascot has established itself as a national institution and the centrepiece of the British social calendar as well as being the ultimate stage for the best racehorses in the world.
  • Saudi Cup - since 2020. International horse race held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia at King Abdulaziz Racetrack. The first edition of the race was held on February 29, 2020, the most valuable horse race ever held. The race is notable for its US$20,000,000 prize pool, which makes it the most lucrative event in horse racing.
  • Travers Stakes - American Grade I Thoroughbred horse race held at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York. First held in 1864. The field for the Travers is limited to three-year-olds, Colts and geldings carrying 126 pounds (57 kg) and fillies carrying 123 pounds (56 kg) and since 1999 the purse has been US$1,000,000. The race is the highlight of the summer race meeting at Saratoga, just as the Belmont Stakes is the highlight of the spring meeting at Belmont Park.
  • White Turf horse race St. Moritz, Switzerland.
  • WHITE TURF ST. MORITZ - "International Horse Races since 1907." Every winter this alpine village hosts the "White Turf" horse race on the frozen Lake St. Moritz, Switzerland on the first three Sundays in February.
  • Famous Racehorses
  • Secretariat.
  • American Pharoah Ends Career Fittingly: Triumphant & Adored - The New York Times.
  • American Pharoah Had Magic Before the Track - The New York Times.
  • Eclipse Award - since 1971. American thoroughbred horse racing award named after the 18th century British racehorse and sire, Eclipse.
  • First, a Run for the Roses. Then, a Dash to the Breeding Shed - "Enjoy today’s top racehorses while you can. It won’t be long before they quit racing and go where the real money is."
  • List of historical horses - Wikipedia.
  • List of leading Thoroughbred racehorses - Wikipedia.
  • Racehorses - Wikipedia.
  • Secretariat was 'like flying a fighter jet' - "Kentucky Derby: Riding legendary Secretariat 'like flying a fighter jet'."
  • Superstar mare Winx retains top spot in world rankings - CNN.
  • The unusual rules for naming racehorses - "The curious art of naming a racehorse."
  • The wonder mare that just can't stop winning - "Wonder mare Winx storms to record fourth Cox Plate."
  • Top 8 Famous Racehorses
  • American Pharoah - (2012-). American Thoroughbred racehorse who won the American Triple Crown in 2015.
  • Black Caviar - (2006-). Retired Australian Thoroughbred racehorse undefeated in 25 races, a success record not equalled for over 100 years. She was named WTRR World Champion Sprinter in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
  • CITATION - (1945-1970). The eighth American Triple Crown winner, and one of three major North American Thoroughbreds to win at least 16 races in a row in major stakes race competition. He was the first horse in history to win one million dollars.
  • Ourasi - (1980-2013). Considered as the Horse of the Century.
  • SECRETARIAT - (1970-1989). American Thoroughbred racehorse, who in 1973 became the first U.S. Triple Crown champion in twenty-five years.
  • SEABISCUIT - (1933-1947). Champion thoroughbred racehorse in the United States.
  • West Australian - (1850-1870). British Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. In a racing career which lasted from October 1852 until June 1854 he ran ten times and won nine races. After being beaten on his debut, he won all his remaining starts including the 2000 Guineas, The Derby the St Leger and the Ascot Gold Cup. He has been retrospectively recognised as the first Triple Crown winner.
  • ZENYATTA - (2004-). American champion Thoroughbred racehorse, undefeated in 19 consecutive races in a twenty race career.
  • Horse Racing Racecourses
  • Ascot racecourse stand.
  • JOCKEY CLUB RACECOURSES - owns and operates 14 racecourses in the U.K.
  • Singapore bids farewell to horse racing to free up land for housing - "City-state is to close its only turf club in order to redevelop 120-hectare site for public housing amid declining popularity of the sport."
  • The world's most beautiful racecourses - CNN.
  • World's most beautiful race courses: From beaches to frozen lakes - CNN Sport.
  • Top 15 Horse Racing Racourses
  • AINTREE RACECOURSE - Aintree, Liverpool, England. Best known for hosting The Grand National.
  • ASCOT RACECOURSE - located in the small town of Ascot, Berkshire, used for thoroughbred horse racing. It is one of the leading racecourses in the United Kingdom, hosting 9 of the UK's 32 annual Group 1 races.
  • Auteuil Hippodrome - horse racing venue on Route des Lacs in Paris, France. The 33-hectare (82-acre) race course opened November 1, 1873. It is designed exclusively for steeplechase racing.
  • CHELTEMHAM RACECOURSE - located at Prestbury Park, in the suburban village of Prestbury on the outskirts of the English town of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, U.K. Cheltenham is called the "home of National Hunt racing", largely because it hosts the four-day Cheltenham Festival, held in March of each year and featuring the Cheltenham Gold Cup. The racecourse has been owned by The Jockey Club since 1964.
  • EPSOM DOWNS RACECOURSE - best known for hosting the Epsom Derby, the United Kingdom's premier thoroughbred horse race for three-year-old colts and fillies, over a mile and a half (2400m).
  • FLEMINGTON RACECOURSE - Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Most notable for hosting the Melbourne Cup, which is Australia's richest horse race. The racecourse is situated on low alluvial flats, next to the Maribyrnong River. The area was first used for horse racing in March 1840.
  • GOODWOOD RACECOURSE - "The World's Most Beautiful Racecourse." Horse racing track five miles north of Chichester, West Sussex, in England controlled by the family of the Duke of Richmond, whose seat is nearby Goodwood House. It hosts the annual Glorious Goodwood meeting, which is one of the highlights of the British flat racing calendar, and is home to 2 of the UK's 31 Group One flat races, the Sussex Stakes and the Nassau Stakes.
  • HAPPY VALLEY RACECOURSE - one of the two racecourses for horse racing in Hong Kong. It is located in Happy Valley on Hong Kong Island, surrounded by Wong Nai Chung Road and Morrison Hill Road in the Wan Chai District.
  • HOLLYWOOD PARK RACETRACK - Inglewood, California, United States. Opened in 1938 by the Hollywood Turf Club.
  • LONGCHAMP RACECOURSE - (French: Hippodrome de Longchamp) is a 57 hectare horse-racing facility located on the Route des Tribunes in the Bois de Boulogne at Paris, France.
  • MEYDAN RACECOURSE - Meydan City, Dubai, U.A.E. Comprises of a 1750m all-weather surface and 2,400m left-handed turf course. Able to accommodate over 60,000 spectators in a 1 mile long grandstand.
  • NEWMARKET RACECOURSE - Suffolk, England. "The Home of Racing." The headquarters of British horseracing. Consists of two courses: the Rowley Mile Course and the July Course. Both are wide, galloping tracks used for Flat racing only. Between them they host 9 of British racing's 32 annual Group 1 races.
  • SANDOWN PARK RACECOURSE - horse racing course and leisure venue in Esher, Surrey, England, in the outer suburbs of London. It hosts one Group 1 flat race, the Eclipse Stakes.
  • SARATOGA RACECOURSE - Saratoga Springs, New York, United States. Opened on August 3, 1863, and is the oldest organized sporting venue of any kind in the United States.
  • THE CURRAGH RACECOURSE - Curragh, Ireland. Ireland's most important Thoroughbred race track.
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