Horse racing has long been a sport of prestige throughout Europe and the United States. Often enjoyed by royalty and other high ranking officials, horse racing has always had amount of class to it, and many people enjoy its grace and historical relevance. In the early days of the United States, settlers would have local horse races along flat areas of land, which led to the formation of a number of new breeds that are still found in horse racing today.
The English Thoroughbred, which comprises most of the racing horses in the world is a very old breed that is still used today. In fact, almost every breed of race horse is crossed with the Thoroughbred or the Arabian, another breed notorious for its speed. And while historically, there was a bit of a lull in horse racing’s popularity, it is back in a big way.
Reasons for the resurgence
There are many reasons for which horse racing is gaining in popularity, one of which is that it is better covered in media. Today, many people are at least aware of the Kentucky Derby, largely as the result of sports networks paying more attention to it. In addition, there are a number of smaller races that these networks also cover, leading up to the Kentucky Derby.
In addition, there are a number of adaptations of famous racing horses, such as Seabiscuit, which not only covers some of the greatest moments in racing history, but also highlights the historical importance.