In 1902, before such records were kept, however, thoroughbred mare Heatherbloom is said to have jumped 8 feet 2 inches

There’s information on U.S. This is due largely to Colonel William Whitley, who had such an aversion to all things British during the American Revolution that he designed his own clay racetrack to run counter to the turf tracks of the British

In 1973, the racehorse Secretariat set new track records at the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness and a new world record in the Belmont Stakes. racing and British racing, as well as some historical trivia and little known pieces of general knowledge such as when racehorses are mated so their offspring get the best possible start in life against competitors.

Hopefully there’s information here that’s new to some people who are life-long racing fans, but also enough to whet the appetite of those taking an interest in the sport. American racehorses run in the opposite direction to their British counterparts. These three wins garnered secretariat the prestigious Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing

The record for high jumping was set by an ex-racehorse named Huaso, who at the age of 16 jumped 8 feet 1.25 inches in 1949. Enjoy.

This selection of interesting horse racing facts covers the beginning of racing hundreds of years ago to the present day.