Horse racing is just about the most attended spectator sports in the world. This is partly due to its nature as being a gambling event. Many people, when they learn about “horse racing” often think about one of the principal types of horse racing. If you are surprised by this, you need to understand there is more than just one kind of horse racing. Here are some of them:
1) Harness racing – this horse racing form evolved from the chariot races of old. Usually, this type of horse racing requires the horses pulling the jockey with a two-wheeled cart. Another distinction of this horse racing form is the fact that the horses are raced in a specified gait. Unlike thoroughbred racing, this horse racing form calls for more strategy than speed. Since all horses move with the exact same gait, tactics are required to win.
There are two kinds of this horse racing form based on the gait used:
a) Pacing – in this gait, the horse moves its legs laterally. This means that the right front and back hooves strike the ground simultaneously. Pacing is made up of almost all harness races today. It is more popular because of the fact that pacing is definitely the more exciting variety of this horse racing form.
In pacing, the horses are able to run faster and the gait comes more natural for them. Because of this, there are lesser pauses during a race. Each time a horse breaks the stride or starts to gallop, it must be slowed down until it can regain the gait.
b) Trotting – in this variety of the horse racing form, horses move the legs diagonally, meaning that the right front leg as well as the left hind leg strike the ground simultaneously.
2) Thoroughbred racing – needless to say, we have to cover this most popular of all horse racing forms. Thoroughbred racing is sometimes referred to as the sport of kings. Many people attend races with hopes of betting their cash on the right horse and winning much more money.
Thoroughbred racing is easily the most popular of all horse racing forms because of the fact that it is the most enjoyable. Even though the “initial” excitement is provided by the fact that the horses competing in this horse racing form are faster than others, it is actually expounded because there are actually higher amounts at stake. This increased amount of cash is in fact due to the fact that people like to watch thoroughbred racing more than every other horse racing form. Can you understand the cycle here?
There are, of course, subcategories in this particular horse racing form. People can’t just take a random sample of the thoroughbreds available and then let them loose inside the track. Administrators intend to make the race as even as possible in an effort to encourage betting.
A maiden race is a variety of this horse racing form that is participated by horses which have yet been untried in a race. Many people decide to bet in these events simply because that maiden races have nearly even odds.
Another popular variety of this horse racing form is the Graded stakes race. This variety of the horse racing form involves high quality horses and high class prizes. A lot of money changes hands at these events. Horses which compete during these events are often in the same class, gender and age. Therefore all competitors are evenly matched within this horse racing form.