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Horse racing is an international sport involving the breeding, training, and riding of horses for competition. It has a long history and has become part of the culture of many civilizations. Horse races are a form of gambling in which bettors place bets and hope to win money. They are often televised and attract large crowds. The sport has also had a significant impact on human history and has inspired mythology.

Racehorses are usually ridden by jockeys, and the race is won when the horse closest to the finish line is declared the winner. Depending on the type of race, the distance of the race, and the stakes placed, a horse can earn its owner a substantial amount of money. In some countries, a horse race is considered an event that is open to the public, while others restrict access to the event.

The earliest horse races were match races between two or three horses. At first, owners who withdrew forfeited half the purse, later they forfeited the entire purse. This led to the establishment of a system in which agreements were recorded by disinterested third parties, known as keepers of the match books. These records were consolidated into one volume known as An Historical List of All the Horse-Matches Run (1729).

Modern horse races are much different than the early matches and include a number of different conditions, such as age, weight carried, and distance of the race. There are also a variety of different types of horse races, including sprints and marathons. The most popular of these is the thoroughbred race, which is a two-mile long race for the fastest horses.

The racehorse is a remarkable animal that can carry up to twelve hundred pounds and run at speeds of over thirty miles per hour. Despite this impressive endurance, horse racing is a dangerous sport and the horses suffer injuries and breakdowns on a regular basis. In addition, many horses are administered drugs to help them endure the grueling sprints.

Many fans of horse racing have their favorite horse that they cheer for by name. A notable example is Seabiscuit, a horse that captivated the imagination of many horse fans. Other horse enthusiasts, however, tend to only cheer for the horses by their numbers, which are used to identify each entry in the betting unit.

Before a horse starts its race, it is inspected by an official called the clerk of scales. The clerk of scales makes sure that the rider is wearing the proper weight for the race. This is especially important since a rider who is over the weight limit can be penalized by the stewards.

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