Horse racing is the second nearly everyone widely attended U.S. viewer sport, following baseball. Horse racing is also a main professional sport in a lot of countries such as Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and South America.
The British colonizers carried horses and horse racing with them to the New World, with the first racetrack put down out on Long Island in the year 1665. Although the Horse racing sport became a well-liked in local pastime, the growth of organized horse racing did not reach your destination until after the Civil War. For the next several years, with the rapid increase of a manufacturing economy, betting on racehorses, and therefore horse racing itself, grew explosively; by 1890, 314 tracks were in service across the nation.
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The History of Horse Racing
The competitive racing of horses is one of humankind's most ancient sports, having its origins among the prehistoric nomadic
tribesmen of Central Asia who first domesticated the horse about 4500 BC. For thousands of years, horse racing flourished as
the sport of kings and the nobility. Modern racing, however, exists primarily because it is a major venue for legalized gambling.
Horse racing is the second most widely attended U.S. spectator sport, after baseball. In 1989, 56,194,565
people attended 8,004 days of racing, wagering $9.14 billion. Horse racing is also a major professional sport in Canada, Great
Britain, Ireland, Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and South America.
By far the most popular form of the sport is the racing of mounted THOROUGHBRED horses over flat courses at
distances from three-quarters of a mile to two miles. Other major forms of horse racing are harness racing, steeplechase racing,
and QUARTER HORSE racing.