Keeneland January Sale 2018 – Horse Lover’s Math

Unlike Keeneland’s September sale which offers only yearlings, Keeneland’s January sale is an all ages sale. This year’s catalog included six hundred seventy-seven broodmares and broodmare prospects, six hundred twenty-eight short yearlings, two hundred sixty-four horses of racing age, and thirteen stallions. Horse Talk – short yearling: a yearling horse that has just turned a year…

The Grand National Steeplechase

The Grand National, the most valuable jump race in Europe, will be run this coming weekend in Liverpool, England. The race was first run in 1839 and is 4 miles 3½ furlongs in distance. Except for the period from 1941 to 1945, during the Second World War, the race has taken place every year. Horse Talk –…

The Year’s Top Pacers & Trotters

The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Poll is taken each year to select the top pacers and trotters of the year in the United States. Horse Talk – pacers and trotters: Pacers move both legs on the same side forward in unison. Trotters move right front and left rear legs forward almost simultaneously, then follow suit with left…

Arabian Horse Racing

Did you know that people race Arabian horses just like they do Thoroughbreds? The world’s richest and most important race for purebred Arabians takes place in France, The Qatar Arabian World Cup. The very first Qatar Arabian World Cup race took place 6 years ago, and the race has been run every October since then. 1.…

Orb at finish line

Orb Wins the Kentucky Derby

Orb won the 2013 Kentucky Derby finishing the race with a time of 2:02.89—two-and-a-half lengths ahead of Golden Soul and Revolutionary, which finished in second and third place, respectively. 1. One length = 8 feet or 2.4 metres. How far ahead of the second place finisher was Orb when he crossed the finish line? Give…

3 Days to the Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby is 3 days away and the horses are into their final workouts. Let’s compare how current favourites Orb, Revolutionary, Verrazano and Goldencents did this week compared with their competition. The timed workouts ranged from 4 to 6 furlongs. 1 furlong = 200m or 1/8 of a mile. 1. How far is 4…