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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing

FOUR WAYS IN WHICH HORSE RACING HAS CHANGED OVER TIME

By HRI Foreign Desk — Horse racing, also known as ‘the Sport of Kings’ expands its roots into tradition and history from ancient times (4500BC). While it remains a very popular sport amongst the ‘modern day royalty’ since its official first documentation in the 648BC Greek Olympics, it has evolved into various forms to what it is today. 

Horse Care & Equipment

The increased importance of quality, care and equipment has had major impacts on the overall performance levels of the sport. Saddles and bridles are now customized for the rider and horse to reduce overall weight and allow better movement. Racing plates have switched from steel to aluminum.

Horses are fed premium quality food to meet proper nutrition requirements and receive higher quality health care from veterinary professionals who make use of technology such as MRI scanning and breathing assessment to monitor overall health and performance and minimize risk of injury in the long run.

Accessibility

The horse racing community has become more widespread, irrespective of class or stature. During the 1920s, this event was exclusively reserved for the male and the wealthy. As the sport commercialized over the years, so did its widespread accessibility. This also saw the increased number of females who become more active and successful in the sport, both as jockeys (Hayley Turner) and trainers (Jessica Harrington). 

Betting

Being the biggest change (and influence), the sport has seen, betting options on horse races have increased exponentially in comparison to the racing jurisdictions of the 1920s.

Nowadays, we’re offered a variety of betting options such as whether a horse will show or place, or even on trifecta or quinella, all with the added availability of racing statistics.

When it comes to betting, platincasino slots are available on a variety of themes and some say it’s as fun as betting on horse racing.

Prizes

The increased amount of money to be won for horse racing only adds to the excitement of the race. Of course, this is majorly influenced by the heavy amount of money that flushes in from betting as well as the addition of big sponsors due to the popularity of the sport. Nowadays, horse racers have focused much effort on their colts and fillies to become great racehorses.

Year by year, we have seen prestigious horse racing prizes. In fact, the ultimate prize funds have increased. In 2020, the newly launched Saudi Cup announced a total bounty of $20 million.

Some other highest prized horse races are:

Pegasus World Cup — $16 Million

The Dubai World Cup — $12 Million

The Everest — $10 Million

The Breeders’ Cup Classic — $6 Million

Conclusion

The prestigious and fascinating sport of horse racing has since garnered worldwide fame and appeal and is currently a multi-billion-dollar industry. All it takes to gain enough revenue from horse racing is a thorough knowledge of the game’s variables and a love of horses.

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