Origin of horse racing

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  • Middle East- 4500 B.C.
  • Medieval England
  • King Charles II
  • The start of horse racing in Asian and Middle Eastern countries
  • France, 1651
  • Horses usually for sale would be raced to show their speed, which was high in demand.
  • Tracks
  • Created King's Plates, which is the earliest record of national racing rules. 4 mile long races with 6 year old horses and maximum weight of 168 pounds.
  • Horse Breeds
  • The first documented race was in France based on gambling, as centuries moved on since, races have become more popular.
  • Race tracks have developed from 4 miles down to three, later on to present day one mile and quarter mile races. A few of the modern races that came in 1776 are the St, Leger, Oaks, and the derby.Synthetic tracks are most common in European countries, in the United States dirt and sand are most common.
  • Most common horses in racing throughout the years are the Standardbreds, Arabians, Quarter Horses, and of course the Thoroughbred. These breeds are used since of their speed and agility. 
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