Welcome to Indian Horse racing and thrills that come with it.

Indian horse racing is complex. The quality of horse racing in india was very poor but recently we are seeing very positive improvements in standards. The standards are looking to improve immensely in the coming times. The training facilities, the stud farms, training methods, quality of Jockies, the quality of stallions everything is improving. I would like to contribute from my side into those exciting times ahead. So, for the exciting times ahead...

Monday, January 3, 2011

Thoroughbreds......

Thoroughbreds are the horses that are used in racing all over the world. So, what is actually a thoroughbred?Well, to quote from wikipedia we have The Thoroughbred is a horse breed best known for its use in horse racing. Although the word thoroughbred is sometimes used to refer to any breed of purebred horse, it technically refers only to the Thoroughbred breed. Thoroughbreds are considered a "hot-blooded" horse, known for their agility, speed and spirit .

The actual history of thoroughbred can to be traced to these three stallions, who are actual founder of modern day thoroughbreds horse racing. The thoroughbreds are:-
1.The Byerley Turk or Byerly Turk (for more details refer http://www.bloodlines.net/TB/Bios/ByerlyTurk.htm)
2.The Godolphin Arabian(for more details refer  http://www.tbheritage.com/Portraits/GodolphinArabian.html)
3.The Darley Arabian (for more details refer http://www.tbheritage.com/HistoricSires/SireLineschts/SireLineDA.html)

The speed, agility ,and the spirit of a horse are the main deciding factors in any race run in the world. So, how do we control that. That is one department, which either the horse will have it or wont have it at all. It comes from pure breeding. The breeding is in our control, and we can very well monitor it the way we want. I will cover it on some other day about the secrets of breeding, and all the theories attached with that followed, in the world.
 The training of a horse is also very important for a horse. Right from its breaking, to till its 1st race, all the conditioning, behavioral training, endurance building, etc matter a lot in a horse's success in the world of racing. The natural speed and agility the horse has already, can be enhanced via training. Spirit or the heart of the horse is something that can be worked upon as well (nowadays has come into prominence, with increased emphasis on that as the margin between winning and losing is reducing by the day).
Every year as the racing season concludes we come up with the list of the best performed horse for that year. We see the list and feel good about it. A lot of times we forget the effort put in by professional at different level to make that horse a success as we see it. We see only the stats i.e. the ranking and the points attached with the thoroughbred. 
In India, the things might not be so very transparent, with the making of a good horse, but slowly but surely we are catching up with the world in that regard.
The top 10 horses of all time based on their performance as well as stakes earned are often argued as follows:-
1. Secretariat 
2. Seabiscuit

3. Phar Lap
4. Man O' War
5. Sea Bird II 
6. Barbaro 
7. Ruffian 
8. Zenyatta 
9. Seattle Slew 
10. War Admiral 

   Soon we might have a horse that make history in world racing, and let everyone stand up and take notice.

 

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