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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.

Churchill Downs announced plans to celebrate the first Saturday in May, the traditional date of the annual Kentucky Derby, by hosting a day-long at-home Kentucky Derby party—including a virtual Kentucky Derby horse race among the Triple Crown winners—to raise...
Due to coronavirus (COVID-19), the 146th Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve will be rescheduled from May 2, 2020 to September 5, 2020 and the 146th Longines Kentucky Oaks will be rescheduled from May 1, 2020 to September 4,...
 When retraining a racehorse, for the early days of training an off-track Thoroughbred (OTTB) under saddle, choose mild days with little to no wind, when the arena or paddock is quietest and without external distractions. And, if your schedule...
Justify at the Belmont Stakes

Victory is Justified

Read on to learn more about the 2018 Triple Crown Winner, Justify and more about the Triple Crown races and its past winners."The big horse is coming.”The whispers began at 6:30 a.m. on a quiet June morning at Santa...
The Tweedy family announced today that Helen "Penny” Chenery, owner of 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat, died yesterday. She was 95. pic.twitter.com/JNp91XS3RI — Secretariat (@SECRETARIATofcl) September 17, 2017 Penny Chenery, owner of 1973 Triple Crown champion Secretariat, died on Saturday, September...
 Just 50 meters into the sixth race of the day at Australia’s Tweed River Jockey Club Murwillumbah Racecourse last Friday, things went very wrong for jockey Laura Cheshire."I felt my right rein go and I thought, OK, I’ve broken...
Photo by Dave Cooper on flickr/CC BY 2.0Congratulations are in order for 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta, who just welcomed a bay filly with a round star. The unnamed foal was born at 8:50 p.m. on Tuesday, May...
By Maryland GovPics (2015 Preakness Stakes) , via Wikimedia CommonsIt’s been a little over a year since 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah ran his final race. After winning the Breeder’s Cup Classic that same year, Pharoah was retired...
Thoroughbred registries don’t restrict horses based on color. All that matters is bloodlines and speed. But selective breeding can lead to a limited pool of colors, which is why most Thoroughbreds are bay, chestnut or gray and the occasional...
For recreational riders and competitive equestrians, buying a horse is like searching for a long-term friend or athletic partner. They likely intend to have that horse be a companion and a big part of their day-to-day life for years...
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