Thoroughbred Horse Racing Champions

Thoroughbred Horse Racing Champions

Throughout the years, horse racing has fascinated fans. There's something about watching these athletes and their riders compete for the prize. In this site you will learn about the horses, trainers, jockeys, and connections. Check back often as there are many pages to be added for your enjoyment and education.
"There are other things that I could do, but there's really nothing that I love as much as horse racing."

Chantal Sutherland
Canadian model, television personality and former jockey

Horse Racing - The Sport Of Kings

They say that the horse was domesticated around 4500 B.C. in Mongolia. While written records do not tell us when horse racing started we know that archaeological records show that horse racing occurred in Ancient Greece, Rome, Babylon, Syria, and Egypt.

Horse racing in the United States dates back to 1665. At that time the Newmarket course was established in Salisbury, New York. It has flourished since then and spread to nearly every state in the Union.

The American Stud Book was created in 1868, and that is probably what prompted the beginning of organized horse racing in the United States. Currently, the American Stud Book includes all Thoroughbred horses foaled in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. It also includes any Thoroughbreds imported into those places from other countries, as long as those countries' Thoroughbred stud books are approved by The Jockey Club.

By 1890 there were 314 race tracks operating in the United States. However, racing was decimated because of the anti-gambling sentiment which led almost all states to ban bookmaking. By the time that parimutuel betting was introduced in 1908, there were only 25 tracks left. The introduction of parimutuel betting gave the sport a needed turn around and horse racing flourished until World War II.

There was a loss of popularity during the 50's and 60's but with the popularity of such great horses like Secretariat, Seattle Slew, and Affirmed (all who won the Triple Crown) the racing industry was again back on top.

Once again the sport lost popularity during the late 1980s to today. There are several factors that can be attributed to the decline, but hopefully the ebb and flow will once again bring horse racing back to its former glory.

Here's What You'll Find

Horses

There are many racing champions and this site is a work in progress but you will find information on these champion horses as they are added.

Trainers

Horse racing trainers often have a string of horses that they work with. I will provide information on the trainer and the horses they handled.

Jockeys

Jockeys ride many horses and sometimes they are the only one who rides a specific horse. As with the trainers I will associate horses and their jockeys.

Connections

The connections, as they are known, will have their own pages as well. After all without people who own the horses there would be no organized racing.

A Little About Me

My love for racing started at a very young age when my dad would take me to the track on the weekends. In 1964 I watched Northern Dancer win the Derby and was hooked forever. Since that day I have never missed watching the Triple Crown races and many other stakes races inbetween. For a long time I have wanted to create a site dedicated to the athletes and connections in the horse racing industry and this is my attempt to pay homage to them.
Below are my all time favorite race horses.
Seabiscuit - running in the lead. Head on shot.

Seabiscuit

In a time when people did not have much to cheer about this little horse gave them hope and excitement.
Secretariat coming out onto the track for a race.

Secretariat

Just the greatest horse to ever put hooves on the track. He single handedly made the nation look to racing again.
Zenyatta passing the finish line in another win.

Zenyatta

Zenyatta went undefeated, in her first 19 races with 13 of those wins being Grade 1's. An amazing achievement for any horse.
Ruffian on the track heading towards the starting gate.

Ruffian

Perhaps the most tragic story in all of Thoroughbred racing. 10 starts, 10 wins, until the fateful day that she broke down.