Competitive racing of horses is one of the most ancient sports. Its origins were among the "prehistoric nomadic tribesmen of Central Asia who 1st domesticated horses about 4500 BC!"
In the beginning and for thousands of years thereafter, horse racing was known as the sport of kings and nobility". Today, horse racing primarily exists as a legal venue for gambling.
Horse Racing is a very popular spectator sport in the US, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and South America.
The most popular form of Horse Racing is THOROUGHBRED horses racing over flat courses at distances from three-quarters of a mile up to two miles. This kind of racing even took place in the ancient Greek Olympics by 638 BC. In the 1700s, the professional sport came about in England under Queen Anne.
The British who came to America brought horses and horse racing with them. As an organized professional sport, horse racing did not arrive until after the Civil War.
At first, there was no central governing authority; thus, criminal elements surfaced. By the 1900s, an American Jockey Club ruled racing and eliminated the criminal elements.
There was a decline of interest in horse racing in the 1980s, but there has been a resurgence of interest today.
People go to or watch on TV such races as The Kentucky Derby, The Preakness, and The Belmont Stakes.
I think that it was such great horses as Secretariat, Seattle Slew, Affirmed, John Henry, Sea Biscuit, and Cigar that brought back the "Sport of Kings".
Equipment: Since Horse Racing is a Spectator Sport, you only need enthusiasm, perhaps some money (if you plan to bet), and a love of the fabulous Thoroughbred horse.
Ironically, as much as I love horses and horse racing, I have to keep my distance because I am allergic to horses!
Azeri leads Imperial Getsure as they come out ot the backstrecth and make the final turn. Take Charge Lady is a distant third and Farda Amiga (3) starts to make her move in the Breeder's Cup Distaff.
Equipment: Bring your Racing Form, and some money. Arlington in late October can be chilly, so bring warm clothes or a blanket.
Picking winners, exactas, trifectas, daily double. Another day at the track. Go down to the paddock and watch them mount up.
Equipment: Daily Racing Form