There are four general types of horse racing: flat, jump, harness, and endurance racing. Flat and jump racings are under thoroughbred racing, a sport and industry for Thoroughbred horses governed by different national bodies. Jump racing is also known as National Hunt racing in the United Kingdom.
The Tevis Cup
Other Popular Endurance Races
Aside from flat, jumps, harness, and endurance racing, another type of horse racing is called quarter horse racing. It is how the race and the quarter horse breed came up. It is a less popular and like a sprint type of flat racing but with a shorter distance of 55 yards (a quarter of a mile) or less. Its rules and procedures are generally the same as Thoroughbred horse races. However, timing is to the nearest 1/100 second from a standing start. The American Quarter Horse who runs this race can run a quarter of a mile within as fast as 22 seconds, faster than some of the fastest Thoroughbreds.
Races can also differ based on the horse’ quality. Hence, horse race types are developed. The maiden race, claiming race, allowance race, classic race, stakes race, and handicap race.
Two classes of maiden races:
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