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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 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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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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How Tall Are Jockeys, and How Much Do Jockeys Weigh?

Jockeys are easy to spot at the race track; they wear bright colored tops with white pants and are the smallest people at the track. But unless you have the opportunity to stand next to one, it’s difficult to gauge their height and weight. The average horseracing jockey 5’2″ tall and weighs 113 lbs, well …

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