Horse Betting History

Let’s talk now about horse racing. While some say the beginning of this sport can be traced back to the Greek Olympics around the year 638 B.C., others would argue that it came with the prehistoric nomadic tribesmen of Central Asia. The truth is that horse racing was known to be one of kings and nobility.

Modern horse racing is set on the 12th century, and by the 18th century, the structure of the sports switched from the common horse vs. horse to racetracks which offered money or goods to the winner.

By the mid-1700’s, it was decided that a governing body should be created to set standardized rules for the sport, which breeders, racers and owners should abide equally. At this stage, spectators were able to wager, and here it lies the origins of the type of horse racing we know nowadays which is mainly one of the major mains of legalized gambling in the USA.

And so the Jockey Club was born in England, and when the British came to America, horse racing came with them. The first known racetrack in the USA was established in Long Island, New York.

The most important form of the sports is based on mounted thoroughbred horses which run a distance going from 3 quarters to two full miles. The second most important is quarter horse racing.

By 1894 the American Jockey Club was born, they basically were a copy of the British version.

The Kentucky Derby was first held at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky in 1875. The Derby is part of the three races which compiles the Triple Crown, the others being the Preakness Stakes (held in Baltimore, Maryland) and the Belmont Stakes (held on New York).

Hopefully this article can give you an idea of what horse racing has been through history, and therefore encourage you to investigate more and finally become a fan!


~ by Pay Per Head Sportsbook on December 9, 2008.

One Response to “Horse Betting History”

  1. Thanks for your article about Horse Racing. I’d like to translate it to german and use it on my sportsbook website. Is this ok for you?

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