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The Best Tips for Betting on the Grand National

The Grand National is one of the most talked-about steeplechase races in the world of horseracing and the richest jump race in European horseracing. In 2021, it carried a prize purse of £750,000 and has been known to carry upwards of £1 million in recent years.  It’s also a race that captures the imagination of …

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When Do Racehorses Retire? Plus 7 Things They Do After Racing

Retired racehorses are an excellent choice for equestrians of all levels and are extremely popular trail riding, dressage, and barrel racing horses. As such, I get asked all the time when a specific horse is going to retire from racing. In general, racehorses retire between eight and ten years old. However, it’s challenging to know …

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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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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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What’s a Furlong and Why it’s 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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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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Why Do Jockeys Hit Horses? Does Whipping Make It Run Faster?

Recently, we had a group discussion concerning why jockeys hit horses, and if it makes them run faster. Although the conversation was thorough, no consensus was reached, so I did some research to learn more. Jockeys hit horses during a race to encourage them to run faster to win their race. But a recent study …

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Registered Thoroughbred Horses: What Colors Are Permitted?

When I watched Thoroughbreds being saddled for a race, I noticed they were a lot of different colors. This made me wonder what colors are acceptable for Thoroughbred registration. The American Jockey Club recognizes the following colors for Thoroughbred registration: black, white, chestnut, gray/roan, bay (brown), and palomino. Thoroughbreds can have white markings. A lot …

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