horse racing, trials of speed involving two or more horses. It includes races among harnessed horses with one of two particular gaits, among saddled Thoroughbreds (or, less frequently, quarterhorses) on a flat track, or among saddled horses over a turf course with obstacles to be jumped (steeplechase).
Sections in this article:
- The Roots of Horse Racing
- Development of Modern Horse Racing
- Gambling and Horse Racing
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