6 Things You Should Know About Thoroughbred Racing

 6 Things You Should Know About Thoroughbred Racing

Evolution of Thoroughbred Racing

Thoroughbred racing is a contest of speed between two horses into a spectacle involving large fields of runners, and sophisticated electronic monitoring equipment. The horse that finishes first is the winner and receives sums of money.  Most of the flat except quarter-horse racing involves thoroughbred horses. These horses are a mixture of Arab, Turk, and Barb breed of horses with native English stock.

Betting on Thoroughbred Racing is one of the few betting activities of websites like  BlueBet. Betting isn’t a complicated procedure as if you’re lucky you get to collect a lot of winnings. There are some steps you need to check before betting during the race which are: –

  • Check the name of the racetrack.
  • State what number race you’re betting.
  • Place the dollar unit of your bet.
  • Check the type of wager.
  • You can bet on a single thoroughbred or on a combination of horses.
  • State the number of the horse.
  • Check your ticket before you leave the window.

6 Facts associated with Thoroughbred Racing

  1. Cracking the Horse Racing Codes

Thoroughbred Racing sport has two codes. The first one for flat racing, which includes no obstacles for horses to pass over. The other races feature either steeplechase jumps or the slightly smaller hurdles.

  1. Weight of Thoroughbred 450 kg/ 1,000 lbs

The average thoroughbred horse weighs around 450 kg or 1,000 lbs. It is a lot less than the average weight of many other horse breeds because they are specifically bred to be fast and agile above all other traits.

  1. Five Classic races of Thoroughbred

There are five so-called Classic Races in British horse racing and run at different courses during the flat racing season including The Oaks, the Derby races, and the St Leger races.

  1. Speed of fastest Thoroughbred 43.97 mph

The highest speed achieved by a Thoroughbred racehorse is held by the United States Winning Brew. It clocked up a speed of 43.97 mph over two furlongs at the Penn National Race Course in Pennsylvania on 14th May 2008.

  1. Birthday of Thoroughbred horses

A thoroughbred racehorse can only have one of two different birthdays. The northern hemisphere horses are given the 1st January as their birth date while the southern hemisphere horses celebrate their birthday on the 1st August. It is to keep track of each horse’s age, as certain races are only open to horses of a particular age.

  1. The National Lottery

The most famous horse race in the world was run at the Aintree racecourse in Liverpool all the way back in 1839 and the victorious horse in that first race was named Lottery.

6 Myths associated with Thoroughbred Racing

  1. Thoroughbreds Are Difficult to Handle

Unless you’re physically at the races you never get the opportunity to observe them post-race. Therefore, they give a false impression that they are difficult to handle. Those Thoroughbreds retiring from the track early are easy to handle.

  1. They Can’t Perform at high Level as Other Breeds

Generally, Thoroughbreds have a great work ethic and are quick to pick up new cues. This breed has a good tendency to get low, turn quick and jump high. Thus, they are highly capable of getting the job done.

  1. Thoroughbreds Are Spooky

Most of the thoroughbreds are desensitized to more than the average horse because of their exposure and can transition easily into any type of disciplines.

  1. Thoroughbreds Are Not for Children

Thoroughbreds are more laid back and forgiving than others, making them the perfect candidate for a child.

  1. Thoroughbred’s Race Connections Don’t Care About Them

Many Thoroughbreds are loved by their breeders, owners and has invested time and care into the horse. They always want to see them well on the track and long after they are retired.

  1. All Off-Track Thoroughbreds Have Sound Issues

There is a stigma that off-track Thoroughbreds are sound issues and hence not usable for the track. It is just a myth as many retire with sound health with no riding restrictions. The best interest of the horse is considered for racing along with their physical shape.

Clare Louise

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