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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.

Few sporting events in the world can claim such a rich history as the Kentucky Derby, which never fails to produce its share of great stories each year. The Derby has been run continuously since 1875, and over the...
Every once in a while, Thoroughbred racehorses come along that are so brilliant, so fast, and so breathtaking that they cause your jaw to drop no matter where they run, no matter what they do. With their effortless strides...
Cupid isn’t your typical racehorse. Most Thoroughbred races are a sea of bays and chestnuts, but Cupid stands out as a strikingly flashy gray; in fact, he’s more of a pale gray than you would expect for a three-year-old...
Embed from Getty ImagesWith just one month remaining until the Kentucky Derby, excitement is building among fans of Thoroughbred horse racing. Only time will tell if the 142nd renewal of the "Run for the Roses” will yield a winner...
Embed from Getty ImagesIn 2014, the story of California Chrome captured the attention of the nation when the underdog racehorse with an obscure pedigree won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in dominating fashion. Those victories gave California Chrome...
You probably already know that all Thoroughbred race horses in the northern hemisphere share a birthday on January 1 (It has to do with wanting a uniform way to classify race horses by age. Here’s an explanation if you...
Embed from Getty Images"A Triple Crown winner… a Breeders’ Cup winner… a horse of a lifetime!” Those were the words used by NBC Sports race caller Larry Colmus to describe American Pharoah at the conclusion of the 2015 Breeders’ Cup...
View image | gettyimages.comWith any sporting event, it’s a very rare and memorable day when you can look at the list of competitors, analyze the excitement being generated by those competitors, and say with confidence that there has never...
View image | gettyimages.comOn October 31st, the horse racing world will watch with excitement as Triple Crown champion American Pharoah and the remarkable mare Beholder face off in prestigious Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland racetrack, a showdown that could...
American Pharaoh has created a Moneigh – a painting named after French artist Claude Monet and the neighing sound horses make. He is the most recent in a line of horses to create one and may be the most...
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