16+ Amazing Horse Racing Facts


Who created horse racing?

Horse racing is one of the oldest sports, and dates back to Ancient Greece and the Olympic Games held over the 700–40 BCE period. Later on, horse racing was also a form of public entertainment in the Roman Empire.

Horse racing facts for the UK show that racing in England began during the reign of Richard the Lionheart when the first known racing purse – worth £40 – was offered, for a 3-mile race. Organised racing in the UK was established during Charles II’s reign, making him “the father of the English turf.”

At what age are horses fastest?

Most racing horses start their career at just two years of age. As some of the most prestigious races have certain limits and are available for three-year-olds only, the general opinion is that the racehorses reach their peak at four or five years. By checking the horse racing records facts and champions, we could see that some retire by the age of four, even though they can still race.

What's the biggest horse race in the world?

Despite not being the most valuable racing event in the world, the Kentucky Derby is certainly one of the most famous horse races in the world. It has a long tradition, and is the first part of the prestigious American Triple Crown championship.

The Dubai World Cup is known as the richest of all the races, with a purse of $35 million.

Until how old do horses race?

Some of the most remarkable thoroughbred racehorses retired at only two years of age, where others continued racing until they were five. According to horse racing facts, the career of a racing horse, on average, lasts from three to five years.