Horse races are competitive competitions in which jockeys lead horses around a predetermined course with jockeys on board to guide the horses around. The first horse to cross the finish line wins. Horse racing has long been used as an important means for human civilizations and societies around the globe; its existence also features prominently in myths and legends, such as that between Odin and his steed Hrungnir.
Horse racing is one of the most beloved forms of gambling in North America, drawing thousands of bettors and millions in wagers at each race. Considered legal by both federal and state governments nationwide, this form of gambling is also overseen by various bodies including National Thoroughbred Racing Association and American Horse Council for regulation purposes.
Horse racing has long been an enjoyable pastime, dating back millennia in ancient Greece and Rome to China, Persia and Arabia before finally making an appearance at the Olympic Games.
Though horse racing presents many difficulties, there are still people dedicated to improving the welfare of its horses and those who care for them – particularly trainers and owners willing to fight for what is right. A significant portion of this group comprises trainers and owners willing to stand up for what’s fair.
However, there remains a small, disreputable minority who compromise the integrity of racing for all participants. These so-called cheaters pose an existential threat to our sport, and must be eliminated to safeguard its future success.
Modern horse racing has been drastically altered by technological innovations that have improved safety for horses and their handlers alike. Examples include thermal imaging cameras to detect when an animal is overheating post-race; MRI scanners for diagnosing injuries; 3D printing for creating casts/splints for injured horses; as well as an extensive database of test results and medical histories that helps identify cheaters.
Horse racing is an intense and highly specialized sport requiring both rider and horse to have top skills. Many of the top racers reach their peak potential before reaching five years old. At this stage in their training careers, horses are most likely to win major races like the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes (known collectively as “the American Triple Crown”). Some horse races only admit horses aged three or older, yet some of the world’s most prestigious events allow older horses to participate, including France’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Australia’s Caulfield Cup and Argentina’s Gran Premio Internacional Carlos Pellegrini. Some tracks even host special classes for older horses ages five or above that follow similar rules to other races but feature competition between older horses only.