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History of Horse Racing
Horse racing dates back to about 4500 BC when the nomadic tribesmen of Central Asia domesticated the horse.
Thoroughbred Horse Racing
Thoroughbred horse racing is one of the most widely attended spectator sports in America. Thoroughbred race tracks exist in about half the states. The public's interest targets major Thoroughbred races such as the Triple Crown with the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stake and the Breeder's Cup races which offer purses in excess of $1,000,000. The Jockey Club retains authority over the breeding of Thoroughbreds.
Quarter Horse Racing
In addition to Thoroughbred racing, quarter horse racing is popular in many states. Governed by the American Quarter Horse Association, quarter horse racing has a complete racing schedule in several states.
Harness racing is a a form of horse racing where a special breed of horses, called Standardbreds, race around a track while pulling a driver in a two-wheeled cart, known as a sulky.
World class harness racing is enjoyed at numerous harness racing tracks throughout the year. The best known harness races are the Hambletonian, a race for trotters, and the Little Brown Jug, for pacers.
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