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History of Horse Racing

Horse racing dates back to about 4500 BC when the nomadic tribesmen of Central Asia domesticated the horse.
Since then, horse racing has flourished and became known as the sport of kings. Today, horse racing is one of the few forms of gambling that is legal throughout most of the world, including the United States. Horse race betting has been the main source of the appeal of the sport and the primary reason horse racing has survived as a major professional sport.

Thoroughbred Horse Racing

Thoroughbred horse racing is one of the most widely attended spectator sports in America. Thoroughbred race tracks exist in about half the states. The public's interest targets major Thoroughbred races such as the Triple Crown with the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stake and the Breeder's Cup races which offer purses in excess of $1,000,000. The Jockey Club retains authority over the breeding of Thoroughbreds.

Quarter Horse Racing

In addition to Thoroughbred racing, quarter horse racing is popular in many states. Governed by the American Quarter Horse Association, quarter horse racing has a complete racing schedule in several states.

In Florida, quarter horse racing is popular at Hialeah Park Racing & Casino.

Harness Racing

Harness racing is a worldwide sport where a special breed of horses, called Standardbreds, race around a track while pulling a driver in a two-wheeled cart, called a sulky. It is seen in more than 30 countries by millions of fans who wager more than $3 billion annually.

World class harness racing in Florida has been enjoyed at Pompano Park in Pompano Beach, FL for over fifty years.

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