Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Triple Crown?

The Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, which is often shortened to just the Triple Crown, is an event which compromises of three races for three-year-old thoroughbred horses.  If a horse wins a Triple Crown race, it is considered to be one of its greatest career accomplishments. The Triple Crown originated in mid 19th century England. Today, Triple Crown races are held each year in nations around the world

Why is the Kentucky Derby often called the “Run for the Roses”?

Kentucky-DerbyIt’s customary for the winning horse at the Kentucky Derby to be adorned with a wide garland of roses. As the owners and trainers are receiving their trophies at the race, the winning horse is covered in a blanket of roses. This practice stems back to 1896, but it didn’t start to become famous until 1925. The women attending the fashionable Louisville Derby celebrations were presented with an abundance of roses. They became so popular that former Churchill Downs president, Col. Lewis Clark, chose to make the rose the official flower of the Kentucky Derby.  It was around this time that columnist Bill Corum, coined the phrase, “Run for the Roses” and the name stuck.

I hear so much about the Kentucky Derby, what other races are really famous?

Other famous races in the United States include the Pacific Class in Del Mar, California, the Haskell Invitational, the Santa Anita Handicap, the Arkansas Derby, the Arlington Million, the Travers Stakes, the Preakness Stakes, the Belmont Stakes and the Breeders Cup.

Are there any women in horse racing?

Yes! Even though it is generally considered to be a male dominated sport, women have had a very influential role in the history of horse racing. Traditionally there have been women horse owners, women trainers, and female jockeys.  In 1969, Diane Crump became the first woman jockey to race in a North American pari-mutuel race. During that same year, female jockey Barbara Jo Rubin became the first woman to win a race, and Tuesdee Testa became the first woman to win a North American thoroughbred race. Traditionally, female jockeys have faced the most discrimination out of all females involved in the horse racing industry compared with trainers and owners.  Top women jockeys have struggled to get the best horses and to get mounts in races.  It is still a male dominated sport at the top levels, but like any other arenas in the culture today, women are gaining more acceptance and recognition.

Why is horse racing so popular?

 Many people watch horse races with great enthusiasm and interest. Perhaps it is the fusion between animal and man, or perhaps it is due to the great importance of betting in the sport and the excitement that it brings to the table. Perhaps it because of the festival like or carnival like atmosphere that usually accompany a horseracing event.  It brings a high entertainment value, a long and vast history, and a worldwide market. The stakes are often very high, the betting is more predictable than some of the other sports where the stakes are high, and there is a great deal of information out there for people to research which can lead even the average Joe to bet quite successfully. The potential possibilities and opportunities are endless.

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