Thoroughbred horse racing is a sport and industry involving the racing of Thoroughbred horses. It is governed by different national bodies. There are two forms of the sport – flat racing and jump racing, the latter known as National Hunt racing in the UK and steeplechasing in the US.
Flat racing is the most common form of Thoroughbred racing and is held on a flat track. The horses race over a variety of distances, from sprint races of 5 furlongs (1,000 meters) to endurance races of 2 miles (3,200 meters).
Jump racing is a more challenging form of Thoroughbred racing and is held on a track with jumps. The horses race over a variety of distances, from hurdle races of 2 miles (3,200 meters) to steeplechase races of 4 miles (6,400 meters).
Thoroughbred racing is a popular sport and industry around the world. The most prestigious races include the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes in the United States, and the Epsom Derby, the Irish Derby, and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in Europe.
Thoroughbred horses are bred for their speed and agility. They are descendants of Arabian, Barb, and Turkoman horses that were brought to England in the 17th century. The first Thoroughbred race was held in 1665 and the sport has been growing in popularity ever since.
Thoroughbred racing is a controversial sport. Some people argue that it is cruel to race horses and that the sport should be banned. Others argue that Thoroughbred racing is a safe and humane sport and that the horses are well-cared for.
The future of Thoroughbred racing is uncertain. The sport is facing challenges from other forms of gambling, such as online betting. However, Thoroughbred racing remains a popular sport and industry around the world.