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Feb 18

History of Horse Racing

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It's true that we all enjoy betting on horse races, and want to gain money at the same time. But wouldn't it be better if we dive into deeper? After all, it's not only about money. It's also about passion. From what did horse racing stem from? How were the races done? How did they differ from the current races? Let's find out the answers!

Horses are domesticated in order to encourage horse raising. It has been done for centuries, It dates back to Olympics at the Hellenic Republic. Since then, it has improved and become wide around the world. Early on, horses used to race, even though they were attached to carriages. Later, Romans learned about horse racing from Greek people. Races were held in circuses, and the jockeys were chosen among slaves. Jockeys, who were riding without any types of equipment, would try to show their skills, such as jumping from horse to another horse during the races. Roman jockeys would wear clothes made of shiny and colorful fabric, so that they could be seen from far away, similar to our current time. Also, they would be referees at the races.

As time went by, royal Romans also got interested in horse racing and started to ride horses. The winner would get a big amount of money, statues of the horses would be modeled into, and there would be tombs of the horses which were dead. We can say that because a stone on which almost 120 horse names were written was found. A rope would be pulled so that the horses could be in alignment before the race. Also, there would be people who were appointed to make sure that the races were done fairly. People would also bet on horse races.

In the reign of Emperor Neron, horses would race without jockeys. They would hang pieces of woods with nails around the horse. These nails would hurt the horses, and make them race faster. Horse racing found favor also among the Arab people. They also gave big importance to the fairness of the races. They have been quite good at horse raising, managing, and riding.

Races used to be organized in livestock bazaars. Later on, horse races were reformed by King James I. Races that took place for 400 years have a great effect on pure-blood British horses to become productive. Pure-blood British horses are the most suitable ones for races because of their speed, and the way they are ridden. They came to exist when the horses brought from East were mated with 36 breeding Arab, Turk, and North African horses.

Today, all of the horses are required to have a pedigree, showing their ancestors. These pedigrees are identified by organizations such as Jockey Club.

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Feb 18

10 Most Expensive Horses In The World

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When we look at the prices, we can deduct that horse racing is one of the most expensive sports for sure. What makes them so expensive? Sometimes their performances, and sometimes their ancestors. The buyers are usually billionaires, including businessmen with great wealth and even royal family members.

Let’s look at them, and see if they were worthy or not:

1) Fusaichi Pegasus
Fusaichi Pegasus, the most expensive horse in the world, had been an important racing horse. Pegasus won Kentucky Derby in 2000 and completed its career with nine starts, six victory and two losses. Fusaichi Pegasus has won 1.994.400 dollar during its career. When it dropped out from the races, Pegasus was the last horse which was descended from Shareef Dancer.

2) Shareef Dancer
Racehorse Shareef Dancer had won 246.463 in five races. Shareef Dancer was brought for 40 million dollars by a Dubai Emir in 1983. It descended from Northern Dancer. It earned 2 million in total, therefore we can say that it had a profitable career.

3) Totilas (21 million dollars)
Totilas has been the most expensive palfrey so far, and it is really worth it. It has been referred as the most outstanding horse in the world. The Dutch horse broken a lot of records with the points it got during the races, and it is the only race who took more than 90 points in a race. It was sold to a German businessman in 2011.

Matthias Alexander Rath (GER)&Totilas- Grand Prix Special - European Championship Dressage 2011 - Rotterdam, Netherlands - 20 August 2011

4) Green Monkey
Green Monkey holds the record of being the most expensive pure-blood sold in auction, and it descended from Northern Dancer. Because of its breed, a lot was expected from Green Monkey, but it only won three races. It earned 10.440 dollars in its career in total.

5) Palloubet d’Halong (15 million dollar)
Palloubet d’Halong is the most expensive performance horse, sold for 15 million dollar. It was brought by Jan Tops in Dutch Olympic Gold Medallist.

6) Seattle Dancer
Irish horse Seattle Dancer broke the world record of being the most expensive horse sold at the age of one or two. Seattle Dancer descended from Nijinsky, which won English Triple Crown 1971. It won two races, it was more profitable a breeding horse. Seattle Dancer died from heart attack.

7) Meydan City
Meydan City was sold for 11,7 million dollars in 2006 auction. Unfortunately, it was one of the disappointing horses. It won 1360 dollar in total during its whole career.

8) Snaafi Dancer
Snaafi Dancer was brought by the breeding company Aston Upthorpe. It descended from Northern Dancer, but it was extremely slow during the races. It was injured and then had breeding problems.

9) Jalil
American pure-blood Jalil was born in Kentucky, in 2004. And it was sold to Godolphin Racing in 2006. It was a better investment than Plavius. Jalil managed to win Maktum Challenge and completed its career with 327.324.

10) Plavius
Plavius was bought by the vice president of United Arab Emirates. But it didn’t meet the expectations. Now, it’s 9 years old, and has won 41.572 dollars in total so far.

If you're interested in horse racing, no matter if you're a beginner or not, we recommend you to try an original Betfair account via a broker. Good luck, but don't forget to bet responsibly!