Horse Competitions
Horse Racing

From: Equestrian and Horse

See Also: Royal AscotGold CupCheltenhamHorse Breeds

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Horse Racing
Horse racing has a long and rich history which dates back long before the chariot racing racing in Ancient Greece and due to its association with royalty and the aristocracy it is often still referred to as "The Sport Of Kings".

Today there are many forms of horse racing that vary considerably with different types of horses used, distance covered and race type including flat, steeplechase and harness racing. Each race type has horse breeds that have been carefully bred with performance in mind and are therefore naturally suited for to the sport for example for harness racing the Standardbred and for flat racing the Thoroughbred.

Types of Horse Racing

The Track
Race tracks vary according to the type of race and racetrack in question with grass turf the most common in the United Kingdom for both flat and steeplechase races such as those found at Ascot Racecourse and Cheltenham with the distances to be raced varying according to the type of race which is usually up to 1.5 miles.

In the United states for example dirt track surfaces are often used such as those found at Belmont Park in New York which is the home of the Belmont Stakes where the prestigious final leg of the Triple Crown is held. At Pimlico Race Course, in Baltimore, home to the legendary home to the Preakness Stakes there is both a dirt oval track of a mile and a seven furlong oval turf track.

Prestigious Racing Events
In Great Britain the oldest of the Classic races is the St Leger which was first raced in 1776 in Doncaster and was re-named after Lt. Gen Anthony St Leger, the St Leger is run over a distance of 1mile, 6 furlongs and 127 yards and is open to colts and fillies who are 3 years of age.

The Triple Crown Of Horse Racing
This is a most prestigious event that is  well known for its immense challenge of having to win at all three race meetings in the space of  5 weeks in  order to succeed, this is an achievement which is not at all easy to do and great respect must be given to the horse, jockey and trainer who accomplishes it.