Types of Horse Races

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As racing grew in popularity, the types of races changed too. Open events began to feature bigger fields of runners. Eligibility rules were based on the age, sex, and birthplace of the horses. Some races were also geographically limited, with only a few races in certain counties allowed for horses with certain winning percentages. Other races were made only open to horses owned by owners. And, for the first time, the St. Leger was held in New York City.

Harness racing

Originally, the ancient Assyrians used horses for war and hunting, but the practice was eventually expanded to harness racing. Homer’s account of chariot races in the 7th century bc refers to four-horse hitches. In earlier years, two-hitch races were also held. Horses were locally bred and imported from Asia Minor and northern Africa. Harness racing quickly spread throughout Europe and the Americas.

Endurance racing

Horse endurance racing has a long history and is very rewarding. The horses are valued for their ability to run long distances on a regular basis. Unlike flat track racing, however, these endurance races do not take place during certain times of the year. Because of this, endurance racing requires horse owners to have an exceptional fitness level and top-notch physical conditioning. However, the benefits of endurance horse racing far outweigh the drawbacks.

St. Leger

The St. Leger horse race has a rich history. It first debuted in 1776, when the 2nd Marquess of Rockingham and a British Army officer named Anthony St. Leger teamed up to introduce the race to the British racing calendar. Originally known as a sweepstake for 25 Guineas, the race was run over two miles and was won by a filly by the name of Allabaculia.


The Oaks horse race is a classic, storied event. It first took place in 1779, and was held for three-year-old fillies. The winner, Bridget, was sired by Herod, a descendant of Byerly Turk. Her dam, Jemima, was by Snap, a descendant of Darley Arabian. Others who have won the race include Matchem Middleton, Princess Rooney, and Real Delight.


The Derby horse race was first held on a Thursday in late May or early June, depending on Easter. In 1838, the Derby was moved to the first Wednesday of June, following the moveable feast. From then until 1995, the Derby was run on the first Wednesday of June. During World War I and the Second World War, the Derby was run on a Tuesday, and from 1945 to 1996 it was held on a Saturday.

Dubai World Cup

The infamous Dubai World Cup is one of the most prestigious horse races in the world, and is one of the richest. It’s held at Meydan Racecourse in the UAE and draws fans from around the world and the UAE. The seven-race card offers purses totaling $35 million, and the lead race is worth $12 million. Here’s what you need to know before betting. Here’s a guide to betting on Dubai World Cup horses.

Claiming races

Claiming horse races are a great way to make money with your horses. They offer a great opportunity for young horses to win their first career race and for a low entry fee. The races can also be profitable, and they give new owners some class relief if they don’t have a horse in the top class. However, claiming horse races are not for everyone. Read on for some tips for claiming horse races.