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What Is Horse Racing with a Cart Called? and What’s a Sulky?

A friend told me about a fantastic horse competition he saw; horses were racing around a track pulling small two-wheeled carts. He didn’t know anything about the sport, which made me realize that many people may not be familiar with the various horse racing styles. Horse racing with a two-wheeled cart (a “sulky”) is called …

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Top 10 Greatest Racehorses of All Time. Two You May Not Know

Recently some friends and I discussed the greatest racehorses of all-time. We agreed on many of the horses, but disagreed about others, so I decided to do some research and compile my list for all to see. Horse Record Color Sex Years raced Man O’ War 21-1-0 Chestnut Stallion 1919-1921 Secretariat 16-3-1 Chestnut Stallion 1972-1973 …

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Why Do Thoroughbred Racehorses Have the Same Birthday?

Regardless of when a racehorse is born, they all have the same birthday, January 1. Relegating all horses to the same date of birth is strange, but surely there must be a rational reason, so I decided to discover why thoroughbred racehorses have the same birthday. Thoroughbred racehorses have the same birthday to make it …

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Breeders Cup Mile the Next Race for Tiz the Law

By: Emma Woodshut US Horse Racing Preview Breeders Cup 2020 Preview Tiz the Law is one of the nation’s favorite horses in training, and after a great start to the year winning the Florida Derby and Belmont Stakes, all eyes were on the horse at the Kentucky Derby to see if he would win the …

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What Are the Different Horse Racing Classes?

We invited a friend to join us at the races; he had never been before. During much of the afternoon, my time was spent explaining the different horse racing classes. So I decided to write this article to help my next guest and others unfamiliar with horse racing classes. Classes Level Specifics Maiden Non-winners For …

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Why Can’t a Horse Live With Three Legs or Fix a Broken One?

My friend euthanized his horse after its leg broke during a race. We knew the horse well, and it was a favorite of my grandson’s. He immediately asked why they couldn’t fix his broken leg or let the horse live with three legs. Horses can’t live with three legs because their massive weight needs to …

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What Is a Furlong and Why Is It Used in Horse Racing? 1 Reason

Horse racing has some unique terms, but the one I get asked to explain the most is furlong. The questions are usually, what is a furlong, and why is it used in horse racing? So I thought it would be a good idea to provide an answer here. A furlong is a standard unit of …

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Why Are Some Horse Races on Grass and Others on Dirt

Our friend recently decided to run his three-year-old racehorse on grass since he didn’t fare well running over dirt. This change prompted my grandson to ask, why are some horse races on grass? I had my opinion but decided to research racing surfaces to provide a thorough answer. Some horse races are on the grass …

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What Horses Won the Triple Crown? Meet 13 Great Champions

Triple Crown winners are members of an elite club. It requires a horse to win three races at various distances against the world’s best competition over a grueling schedule. So what does it take to be a triple crown winner, and what horses succeeded? Name Year Sex Color Record Sir Barton 1919 Stallion Chestnut 31: …

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Why Are Some Horse Races Called A Handicap?

Recently some friends joined us to watch live horse racing, and they were curious why some races were called handicaps. So, I decided to explain handicap horse racing for those who might not be familiar with this event. Handicap horse racing requires horses to carry a predetermined weight, based on the horse’s past performances. The …

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