The Different Types of Horse Racing

Horse racing has become a pastime all over the world from Europe to Australia to North America. People have been racing horses since before recorded history and they have been placing bets on the outcomes for almost that long as well. In modern history horse racing has gone hand in hand with gambling almost all of the time. No matter what type of horse racing it is there is always a bookmaker to give you the odds. Horse racing generally has been broken into 4 different categories over the years. The categories are usually separated by the type of horse that is used and the different rules that apply. The four categories go as follows, firstly is the one we are all at least a little familiar with which is thoroughbred racing, next is harness racing followed by the quarter horse and the Arabian horse. Most people think of thoroughbred racing when horses and gambling come to mind but there are places like the Scottsville races that cater to just about all the different kinds of horse racing.

Thoroughbred Racing

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Thoroughbred racing is by far the most popular form of horse racing worldwide but it includes several different events. In the 1660’s the first race track was built in the United States with hundreds more built over the next 100 years or so. In the 1900’s there was a massive outlaw placed in the states that banned bookmaking of all kinds whether it was placing, taking, or paying out bets. This is the perfect example of how horse racing and gambling are hand in hand. Just because the United States banned the practice of book making it almost took the whole sport down with it. With the advent of parimutuel betting the sport was revived. Parimutuel betting is when the punters bet against each other not the house, the money is pooled together and then the winners split it.

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Other forms of Horse Racing

Places like the Scottsville races have been home to a wide variety of horse racing. Other forms of horse racing are harness racing, quarter horse and Arabian horses otherwise known as endurance racing. Harness racing is when the horse is pulling the driver who is sitting on a cart or sulky that has two large light weight bicycle wheels on it. The driver uses a whip to create a loud sound that tells the horse to go faster and be aware of it surroundings. Secondly is the quarter horse racing, it dates back to the 1600’s in Virginia where jockeys would race one on one in a short sprint style race much the same as a modern day drag race. The horses were a little smaller and were built to run very fast but only for short distances. The name quarter horse came from there ability to beat other horses at races that are a quarter of a mile or less. There are also cases of these horses running on circular tracks but ones much smaller than normal thoroughbred style tracks. The quarter horse also has many other places in society than in racing like in the agriculture industry where the circular track racing was found. With speeds up to 55 miles per hour it is no wonder that a quarter horses can beat other horses in a short sprint style race. The third category is endurance racing, the practice of racing horses over very long distances like a marathon usually through an outdoors type setting. The practice of endurance racing is mostly dominated by a breed of horse called the Arabian horse. This horse originates from the Middle East and is known for its long distance capabilities and for being one of the oldest known horse breeds on the planet. Endurance racing is made popular by the Tevis Cup which is the sports main supporters and life-lines. The Tevis Cup is an amateur event in the endurance racing discipline Tevis is a 100 mile long race across the American Southwest that is a true test of endurance. There are mandatory rest stops for the racers where by there are veterinary check points for the horses and basic checkpoints for the riders to ensure organization and safety. The sport still hasn’t quite broken into the limelight as of yet but is slowly growing in exposure.

Conclusion

Whether you’re at home on the internet or down at the Scottsville races placing your bets make sure that you weight out all your options as far which style of horse racing you’re interested in. A good punter always knows that being smart about his bets rather than ruthless will always be the key to success. Many believe that it is a combination of betting styles and a combination of horse racing types that is the key to success at the bookmakers.