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1920's Thoroughbred Horse Racing
Transcript of 1920's Thoroughbred Horse Racing
How did thoroughbred horse racing come to the United States?
In the 1800's, Horse racing was introduced to Americans by immigrants from Ireland and Great Britain who came to America to find a better life
These immigrants help form the foundation of horse racing by opening race tracks and breeding thoroughbred horses
By the late 1800's, this sport was overtaken from the immigrants by the wealthy farm owners and investors
The number of operating tracks increased from a couple to over 300 tracks in a matter of several decades
In order to keep up with all these tracks, The American Jockey Club was created in 1890's
The American Jockey Club controlled all aspects of thoroughbred horse racing from specifications of tracks to horse breeds
In addition, American Jockey Club condone illegal activities
Horse Racing in the Twenties
Once the troops arrived home from World War 1, the popularity of thoroughbred horse racing grew exponentially
Most individuals were attracted to this sport due to the fact that they could make some capital quickly
Horse racing turned from leisure activity to a lifestyle for all involved in it
With more attraction to horse racing some establishments flourish such as Churchill Downs, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes
If a horse wins all three races at Churchill Downs, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes it wins the Triple Crown
Exterminator is a thoroughbred race horse who competed from 1918 - 1924
Exterminator's nickname is "Old Bones"
Exterminator during his 8 year career won 50 races out of 99 that he entered
Exterminator won the Kentucky Derby in 1918
Exterminator also was an inductee to the National Museum of Racing in 1957
The Roaring Thoroughbred Sport
History Of Thoroughbred Horse Racing
Twenties vs. Present Day
Horse racing has evolved into a 115 billion dollar industry
Churchill Downs, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes are still operating today and their location has not changed since the 1920's
Horse still get odds on who is predicted to win the race
The only difference between 1920's and 2014 is that the races are televised and the purses are larger
One word to describe 1920's thoroughbred horse racing to 2014 horse racing is
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