Miscellaneous

Ancient Horse Racing: Golden Chariots

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on May 21, 2007

It is not exactly known when the first chariot race was held, but it is known that chariot racing was an extremely popular sport in both ancient Rome and Greece. It is said that the Olympic Games were derived from chariot racing, or more accurately, established because of chariot racing. Legend has it that King Oenomaus challenged Pelops to a race, as Pelops was an avid suitor to the King’s daughter, Hippodamia. Pelops won the race and according to legend he established the Olympic Games in honor of his victory over the King.

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United Pegasus Foundation – Fulfilling an Important Role

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on April 30, 2007

The United Pegasus Foundation is a large rescue organization that was founded in 1994. It is a charity organization in California that finds thoroughbreds a home that will either use them for alternative careers or provide them with a suitable home for retirement.

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Dreaming of that Racehorse

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on January 15, 2007

The surge of excitement, the thundering sound of hooves on the race track and the gleaming, muscular bodies of the racehorse, often inspires spectators dreams of owning just such an animal. With it’s grace and strength, and undeniable beauty it is easy for some to want to buy a horse from the race track, to take home and ride. Unfortunately, most people are not aware of the life that a racehorse lives, has no idea what he is fed, and does not understand that what might seem to be abnormal behavior, is merely what he knows.

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Australia’s Horse Racing Diva!

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on November 27, 2006

I guess we must just be satisfied that our favorite sport of horse racing is so different! There is no dearth of commercial successes with games after sunset under floodlights. Cricket even spawned a new version of the game Down Under when promoters arranged matches on week nights. It must have been quite logical for Australians to follow their profits from other sports by floodlights with an essay of the same with horse racing, but it does not seem to have taken off-not for the time being at least!

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A Thought for the Driver

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on March 19, 2006

Many believe that jockeys are grossly undervalued and taken for granted in the world of horse racing. Bookmakers never lose, and owners always have another race to which they can look forward. Punters alternate between crests of joy and learning some rueful lessons for future use. Jockeys, who risk life and limb as a matter of routine, are rarely given their due credit. It is common to exult over a famous win, but to forget the incredibly courageous rider who nurses an aggressive colt, gelding or filly past the last post.

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