Horse Racing
Horse racing is an equestrian sport that has a long history. Archaeological records indicate that horse racing occurred in ancient Greece, Babylon, Syria, and Egypt. Both chariot and mounted horse racing were events in the ancient Greek Olympics by 648 BC. In the Roman Empire, chariot and mounted horse racing were major industries. Thoroughbred racing was, and is, popular with the aristocrats and royalty of British society, earning it the title "Sport of Kings."
The style of racing, the distances and the type of events vary significantly by the country in which the race is occurring, and many countries offer different types of horse races. There are three major types of racing: flat racing, steeple chasing (racing over jumps), and harness racing, where equines trot or pace while pulling a driver in a sulky.  A major part of horse racing's economic importance lies in the gambling associated with it, an activity that in 2008 generated a world-wide market worth around US $115 billion.
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Dover History and Romance of the Horse Book
Product Code: 493849
Dover History and Romance of the Horse Book - This sweeping panorama of horse-related history and lore will captivate readers of all ages. Starting with the miniature Eohippus, the narrative traces the evolution of the horse from prehistory through its roles and representations in Greek mythology, the Middle Ages, early America and the Wild West, and beyond. Profiles include race horses, working and war horses, and a variety of breeds and strains. Each of the chapters may be read individually as well as consecutively. Numerous charming black-and-white illustrations accompany these true tales of Egyptian pharaohs, medieval knights, cowboys and Indians, and other historic figures and their equine companions. Reprint of the Waverly House, Boston, 1939 edition.


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