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Horse Racing

With the popularity of the Kentucky Derby and the Triple Crown races, horse racing is a popular topic for equestrians and non-equestrians people alike. In the United States, there are flat races by Thoroughbreds, Quarter Horses, Arabians, and other breeds; harness races by Standardbreds; and jump races, national hunt races, or steeplechasing (hurdling) by Thoroughbreds and French-bred jumpers (Selle Francais). There is also endurance racingHorse Illustrated shares stories about famous racers, the Triple Crown, historical stories, personality profiles about those involved with the sport, research regarding the sport, and more. And we have several breed profiles about the Thoroughbred and Standardbred breeds.

A Look at the 2023 Kentucky Derby

It's the first Saturday in May, and in Louisville, Ky., that can only mean one thing: it's Kentucky Derby Day.…

4 weeks ago

How Santa Anita Changed Horse Racing

"People just love the horses—they love to pet them and they love to watch them run,” says Fran Burns, head…

11 months ago

Common Off-Track Thoroughbred Injuries

In addition to finding the right personality and ability when searching for your next equine partner, oftentimes it feels like…

1 year ago

Santa Anita Announces Santana Mile to be Renamed John Shear Mile for Recently Retired 100-Year-Old Paddock Captian John Shear

On the day Santa Anita unveiled a plaque commemorating six decades of dedicated service to its recently retired 100-year-old paddock…

2 years ago

Santa Anita’s John Shear Celebrates His 100th Birthday on January 17th; Has Race Named in His Honor

We can all hope to reach 100 years of age with just as much gusto for our passions in life…

2 years ago

mRNA Biomarker Study to Build on Promising Research to Prevent Catastrophic Racehorse Injuries

Catastrophic injuries in Thoroughbred racehorses is a top concern for the industry and for its fans. That sentiment is shared…

3 years ago

Which Triple Crown Winner Won the Triple Crown Showdown?

Who would win a race of all of the Triple Crown winners if they could have raced together? Now we…

3 years ago

Virtual Kentucky Derby at Home Set for First Saturday in May on NBC With All Triple Crown Winners

Churchill Downs announced plans to celebrate the first Saturday in May, the traditional date of the annual Kentucky Derby, by…

3 years ago

2020 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks to be Postponed Due to COVID-19

Due to coronavirus (COVID-19), the 146th Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve will be rescheduled from May 2, 2020 to…

3 years ago

Getting Started Right: Retraining the Thoroughbred from Racehorse to Riding Horse

  When retraining a racehorse, for the early days of training an off-track Thoroughbred (OTTB) under saddle, choose mild days…

3 years ago