A Beginner’s Guide to Horse Racing
Before entering a stakes race, an average horse will have to compete in a few smaller races. These are typically flat races, but they can be the stepping stones to a major event. Stakes races are generally graded, so you can determine who the best horses are and the quality of the field. Read on to learn more. Listed below are some of the basic rules of horse racing. Once you have an understanding of these rules, you can bet on your favorite.
Stakes races are the highest level of horse racing
Stakes races are the highest levels of horse racing and include Grade 1 and Grade 2 events. Stakes races with large purses tend to attract the best horses. They are usually graded based on their quality and usually do not have age or gender restrictions. A horse may be graded as high as Grade 1 if there are no significant flaws in its form. A graded stakes race is also more competitive than a non-graded stakes race.
There is no scoring in horse racing
Horse racing is a competition between two horses, with no score system. There is only one winner, but some horse races award best dressed horses, which recognize the physical condition of the horses. The jockey and the horse must navigate the course, jump the required fences and hurdles, and cross the finish line before any other competitors. The jockey and horse must work together to achieve this. However, some races also offer side prizes, such as ‘best looking horse’, to give recognition to the horses’ overall fitness.
There is no class system
The classes in horse racing are based on a number of factors, including the type of race and the official rating of the horse. As a result, there are dozens of subclassifications within each race. Each level is open to horses with various levels of training and ability. Responsible trainers make their horses compete at a lower level in order to win prize money. In some cases, this is a wise choice.
There are no bar shoes
There’s no way to tell if a horse is going to run well or not just by the shoe. Whether or not a horse runs with bar shoes depends on the terrain, and while there’s no reason to assume a horse that wears them is going to be a clunker, there are a few things you can watch for. These shoes prevent split hooves.
Cracked leg bones and hooves are common in horse race
Broken legs and hooves are quite common among race horses. While they are more common in horses that are bred for racing, the same kind of injury can also happen to non-raced horses. Listed below are some common fractures:
There is no “Triple Crown”
In horse racing, the Triple Crown consists of three races, each providing a test over a different distance and venue. Although all three races are part of the Triple Crown, they were not officially recognized as a “Triple Crown” until the 1930s, when Sir Barton, a horse who won the Kentucky Derby in 1919, was retrospectively recognized as the first Triple Champion. Since that time, 12 horses have won the Triple Crown.