Horse racing is perhaps one of the most common and attractive betting games. Every country that allows horse racing earns a lot of revenue through it. However, not everyone is aware that a horse race has more than four-legged animals and stakes. For example, how many if any do we know about the development of horse racing, or where the first race was run, or the different breeds of horses other than those that run in the famous Kentucky Derby? Horse racing has various associated activities that help us witness and bet on the final race.
The game appeared in the United States when it was just a colony. The first official racetrack in North America was a grassy pasture on Long Island. This was the privileged track where Bulle Rock, the most popular horse of the eighteenth century, ran his race. In fact, the Jockey Club, one of the most famous institutions today, dates all the way back to 1750. Eventually, racing spread westward with more families migrating to newer areas. But racing wasn’t always as strong as it is now. It has to face the brunt of some violent laws and wars. The first Kentucky Derby was organized after the Civil War and was a success. Currently, the most prestigious American races include the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes.
The most famous racing horse of all time will always be Seabiscuit. The horse fascinated the Americans so much that it has also inspired a novel and a film. Discovered in 1934, Seabiscuit won his first races in 1937. This legendary horse became so popular that death threats were made against him. One such plot was uncovered and made headlines.
The most famous breed of horse is the thoroughbred. The ancestors of this horse were bred in Europe from Arab and Turkish sires. These were then imported from England, in the 18th century, and have multiplied since then. This horse has the capacity to carry heavy weights and gallop smoothly over long distances. Because of these qualities, this royal horse is perfect for racing tracks.
Another breed is the Quarter horse. The quarter horse can sprint well over short distances and is known for its “cow sense”. Although they are also used in races, they are primarily bred for ranching and herding cattle. Thoroughbreds are sometimes used to improve the racing abilities of this breed.
The speed and adventure of these races make accidents quite common in horse racing. The lack of distances between the competitors puts both the horse and the jockey at risk. Slipping off the horse can be fatal for the jockey as he can be crushed by the other horses. Any mishap can also be dangerous for the public, as the horse may become frightened and choose to run off the tracks.
The most common event in horse racing is betting. The adventure and uncertainty of the game attracts different players. However, players must be conscious players. Knowing the horse’s personal, medical and racing history can help place the odds. Other factors may be the jockey and the prevailing weather conditions.
Horse racing is a phenomenon that involves various activities. The information about the various related arenas helps to be informed participants and not just passive viewers.