Known as the ‘Sport of Kings’, the history of horse racing can be traced back to the Greek and Roman empires, where chariot races used to be held. The elite and nobles of the time used to gather at the hippodromes (horse racing stadiums of ancient times) to enjoy this popular yet dangerous sport, as the riders in these races battled constant danger of suffering from severe injuries during the race. Over the years, the technology used in horse racing has changed but one thing remains constant; the horse that crosses the finish line first, wins the race!

The sport of horse racing started in Europe and moved on towards England, where it gained considerable popularity. Eventually, British settlers moved to America, bringing with them their heritage of this sport. The earliest horse races documented in the U.S. can be found in the 17th century, where in 1665, a race course was developed in Salisbury, New York. This horse racing track was named ‘Newmarket’ and today, the area is known as Long Island, New York.

Horse racing flourished in the U.S. and more than 300 racing tracks were built during the 19th century. The early 1890s saw the formation of the American Jockey Club and betting became so common that a ban was installed on betting on horse racing events during the early 20th century. As the ban on betting continued for the next few years, the popularity of the sport diminished, with people moving on towards other interests.

Finally, in 1908, the ban on betting was lifted due to a change in legal laws, and horse racing started to regain its former glory until World War II, when the sport started facing a troublesome time. The start of the Triple Crown races was the changing point is the history of horse racing, as it has been flourishing ever since. The Triple Crown consists of three races combined together in a sporting event and has led horse racing towards its boom.

Sir Barton was the first ever winner of the Triple Crown from the U.S. in the year 1919, after which, only ten other horses from the U.S., have been able to successfully complete and win the event. Out of these ten, some of the famous winners of their times were Gallant Fox (1930), Whirlaway (1941) and Secretariat (1973).

Horse racing today, has become widely known for its good betting odds rather than its elite history. Yet, there is a sense of thrill and excitement at watching a race event, live! It’s like a story being unfolded and history being made right before your eyes! So don’t miss the racing events of this season! If you wish to book your seat to the next horse racing event, make Dazzling Deals Tickets your go to spot to find amazing deals to purchase cheap tickets to the upcoming horse races.

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