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Horse Racing on TV and Stream

Well, not quite. Sure, everybody loves a good, old cowboy movie, but live horse racing doesn't seem to be quite as popular. Those of you who enjoy watching sport on TV should definitely consider this magnificent sport which pays homage to a practice that is thousands of years old!

26 Sep

Yesterday, Saturday

06:00

Australian Racing

Horse Racing (Kembla Grange, Rosehill and Toowoomba)

12:30

Live Racing

Horse Racing (Market Rasen, Haydock, Newmarket, Curragh and Listowel | from 13:30 also on ITV 4)

  • ITV 4
  • Racing UK
12:45

Live Racing

Horse Racing (Ripon and Auteuil)

15:00

Listowel Harvest Racing Festival: Day Seven

Horse Racing

  • TG4
18:00

US Racing

Horse Racing (Santa Anita, Belmont Park, Gulfstream, Woodbine, Golden Gate and Charles Town)

18:00

Live Racing

Horse Racing (Chelmsford)

  • Racing UK
02:00

Australian Racing

Horse Racing (Bathurst, Port Macquarie and Sunshine Coast)

27 Sep

Today, Sunday

05:45

Hong Kong Racing

Horse Racing (Sha Tin)

12:00

Live Racing

Horse Racing (Chester and Strasbourg)

13:00

Live Racing

Horse Racing (Nottingham, Musselburgh and Curragh)

  • Racing UK
17:00

US Racing

Horse Racing (Gulfstream, Belmont Park, Woodbine, Golden Gate and Santa Anita)

02:00

Australian Racing

Horse Racing (Leeton and Tamworth)

28 Sep

Tomorrow, Monday

06:00

Australian Racing

Horse Racing (Leeton and Tamworth)

12:30

Live Racing

Horse Racing (Bath, Newton Abbot, Chantilly and Newcastle)

13:00

Live Racing

Horse Racing (Hamilton and Roscommon)

  • Racing UK
20:30

US Racing

Horse Racing (Delaware Park, Thistledown and Finger Lakes)

02:00

Australian Racing

Horse Racing (Grafton and Townsville)

29 Sep

Tuesday

06:00

Australian Racing

Horse Racing (Grafton and Townsville)

12:30

Live Racing

Horse Racing (Compiegne, Fontainebleau, Sedgefield, Bangor-on-Dee and Wolverhampton)

13:00

Live Racing

Horse Racing (Ayr, Cork and Punchestown)

  • Racing UK
20:15

US Racing

Horse Racing (Thistledown and Finger Lakes)

02:00

Australian Racing

Horse Racing (Canberra, Randwick and Gold Coast)

30 Sep

Wednesday

06:00

Australian Racing

Horse Racing (Canberra, Randwick and Gold Coast)

12:30

Live Racing

Horse Racing (Mont de Marsan, Lyon la Soie and Bangor-on-Dee)

13:00

Live Racing

Horse Racing (Huntingdon, Nottingham and Punchestown)

  • Racing UK
18:00

Live Racing

Horse Racing (Kempton)

  • Racing UK
19:00

US Racing

Horse Racing (Delaware Park, Thistledown and Finger Lakes)

02:00

Australian Racing

Horse Racing (Wyong and Rockhampton)

1 Oct

Thursday

06:00

Hong Kong Racing

Horse Racing (Sha Tin)

12:00

Live Racing

Horse Racing (Salisbury, Warwick, Fairyhouse and Clonmel)

  • Racing UK
12:30

Live Racing

Horse Racing (Compiegne, Auteuil and Ffos Las)

17:45

Live Racing

Horse Racing (Belmont Park, Pimlico, Delaware Park, Woodbine and Golden Gate)

18:00

Live Racing

Horse Racing (Chelmsford)

  • Racing UK
02:00

Australian Racing

Horse Racing (Dubbo, Moruya and Ipswich)

2 Oct

Friday

06:00

Australian Racing

Horse Racing (Dubbo, Moruya and Ipswich)

12:00

Live Racing

Horse Racing (Gowran)

  • Racing UK
18:00

Live Racing

Horse Racing (Dundalk)

  • Racing UK
3 Oct

Saturday

12:00

Live Racing

Horse Racing (Newmarket, Redcar, Gowran and Tipperary)

  • Racing UK
13:30

Live Racing

Horse Racing (Ascot)

  • ITV
4 Oct

Sunday

12:00

Live Racing

Horse Racing (Kelso, Killarney and Tipperary)

  • Racing UK
13:00

Live Racing

Horse Racing (Prix de LArc de Triomphe)

  • ITV
5 Oct

Monday

12:00

Live Racing

Horse Racing (Pontefract, Stratford and Killarney)

  • Racing UK
6 Oct

Tuesday

12:00

Live Racing

Horse Racing (Catterick and Leicester)

  • Racing UK
7 Oct

Wednesday

12:00

Live Racing

Horse Racing (Nottingham, Ludlow, Galway and Navan)

  • Racing UK
18:00

Live Racing

Horse Racing (Kempton)

  • Racing UK
8 Oct

Thursday

12:00

Live Racing

Horse Racing (Ayr, Exeter and Thurles)

  • Racing UK
18:00

Live Racing

Horse Racing (Chlemsford)

  • Racing UK
9 Oct

Friday

12:00

Live Racing

Horse Racing (York, Newmarket and Downpatrick | from 13:30 also on ITV 3)

  • ITV 3
  • Racing UK
18:00

Live Racing

Horse Racing (Kempton and Dundalk)

  • Racing UK
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Horse Racing

How We Became Equestrian

'Equestrian' is just a fancy term for 'horse riding', but it points to the deep history of riding horses: the term ultimately comes from the Latin word for 'horse'. This is evidence that the practice and skill of riding horses is a rather old tradition with an unquestionably rich history.

In fact, there is evidence to suggest that the history of horse racing has very deep roots which can be traced back to ancient Egypt, Rome, ancient Greece, ancient Syria and Babylon. Moreover, it was part of the ancient Olympic Games by at least 664 B.C.

The widespread popularity of horse racing has never waned; on the contrary, it has evolved to include more types of horse racing and has prompted people to selectively breed faster horses. Horse racing has all the makings of being an exciting sport on TV today!

Types of Horse Racing

Although the basic format of the sport has remained largely the same over the millennia, diverse types of horse racing have come to be practised as the sport evolved. There are main types of horse racing: flat racingjump racingharness racing, and endurance racing.

Flat racing is the commonest form of horse racing around, in which horses gallop (that is, a horse's equivalent of sprinting) from point A to B on a track. Jump racing, also known as National Hunt racing, involves horses jumping over obstacles and can be subdivided into two other types: steeplechasing and hurdling.

Harness racing involves horses trotting or pacing (like a horse's equivalent of a jog) whilst pulling what is known as a sulky. A sulky is a small cart with two wheels and only one seat for the driver to sit in, which is how it received its somewhat humorous name!

Endurance racing consists of riders travelling across country on their horses for long distances, anywhere in the range of 10 kilometres to 100 kilometres. With so many different types of horse racing, it's impossible not to find something for everyone when it comes to live horse racing on TV!

Horse Breeds Matter

One of the most famous breeds around is definitely the Thoroughbred, which started being bred in late-17th-century England as a result of breeding English mares with Oriental stallions. Thoroughbreds are known as being 'hot-blooded', that is, they are extremely energetic, making them excellent for racing.

Another popular breed is the Arabian which was bred by the Bedouin, a group of nomadic Arabs, The Arabian is one of the most ancient horse breeds around and was bred specifically to be agile and able to travel long distances without getting tired, making it excellent for endurance racing. 

Last but not least is the American Quarter Horse, an American breed which is the most popular breed in the United States. Quarter Horses are best known for their knack of being excellent sprinters, and in fact, their name comes from their ability to outrun other breeds in quarter-mile races!

The Greatest Jockeys to Ever Saddle

It's more than impossible to name them all here, but we'd be doing you a disservice if we deprive you of some great names, so here are our choices: first up is Jerry Bailey, who is the only person to ever win the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey 7 times!

Bailey is known for his illustrious career, including winning 16 races in a row with his valiant steed Cigar! Then we have Bill Shoemaker who won his first race at 18 years old, and would win 8,882 more before retiring, including every major North American race at least once!

Best TV Moments

There are so many great moments to choose from, and we'd love to name them all, but here are our picks: Calvin Borrel and his horse Mine That Bird in the Kentucky Derby of 2009. This pair was racing on a longshot, being given odds of 50 to 1.

However, when Mine That Bird found his footing, the pair rushed like a speeding bullet, winning the record for the fastest quarter-mile ever accomplished, in 23.77 seconds! Next is Liam Treadwell on his horse Mon Mone in the Aintree Grand National of 2009.

This particular race is one of the most perilous steeplechases in the world, and it was due to this that the pair won, despite the ridiculous odds of 100 to 1. The pair waited till the leading horses had fallen, and after jumping the final fence, dashed to the finish to win!

Saddle Up!

With so many extraordinary races, and so many beautiful and wonderful breeds within the sport, it's rather difficult not to consider live horse racing as one of the most exciting sport on TV today!