SVG by Charles Quigley
The timeless attraction of horse racing, dating back to ancient Greece, Babylon, Syria and Egypt, is simple. The thoroughbred horse, widely believed to be faster than cheetahs in endurance races, can maintain a speed of 45 miles per hour for a distance of more than a mile, making the horse race “the fastest two minutes in sports.”
In the United States alone, there are more than 100 racetracks staging thousands of races every year and attracting millions of spectators. Nothing quite matches the pageantry of the race or the excitement of the pack making the final turn for home.
For horse racing fans, catching the action away from the track traditionally meant tuning into the radio or waiting for annual TV coverage of the Kentucky Derby featuring the 20 fastest thoroughbreds of the year. HRTV, the television and online network for horse sports, sought to change that when it began regular 24/7 coverage of horse racing in 2003. read more...