Thoroughbred Horse Racing is one of the cornerstones of American Culture dating back to 1665 when the first racetrack was constructed on Long Island.  The American love for horse racing continued to grow throughout the centuries and in 1868 the American Stud Book was formed which signified the beginning of organized horse racing in the US.  By 1890 only 22 years later, 314 race tracks were in operation.  The early 20th century saw the near death of the horse racing due to anti-gaming sentiment but the sport was revived in 1908 with the introduction of pari-mutuel wagering.  From then up until WW2 the sport flourished and regained popularity when some spectacular horses began to win The Triple Crown.  

Today, American Thoroughbred Horse Racing has new challenges that are causing a decline in popularity, mainly due to a disconnect between the industry itself and new fans.  However, American Pharoah’s historic winning of the first ever Grand Slam, California Chrome's remarkable comeback to win the Dubai World Cup and Aggorgate becoming America's richest horse, have primed American Horse Racing for another great comeback.

The main purpose of Team TBSX is to introduce this great sport to the next generation of horse racing fans and show them what it truly means to be a part of “The Sport of Kings” from inside the rail.  Below, you will find historic videos, interviews and articles that are the bedrock of Modern Day Horse Racing.  We hope you enjoy them and look forward to seeing you at the track.  

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Historic Race Videos

The mighty Seabiscuit wins the treasured Big Cap and becomes the richest horse in the world at that time. Movie stars and other celebrities loved Santa Anita. This video is quite the piece of nostalgia.

old video of the celebrated stallion winning kentucky derby. note in the commentary "they said he couldn't be hit but he is"

Spectacular Bid wins the final leg of the Strub Series in a world record mile and a quarter time of 1:57 4/5. Incredible stuff by an astounding horse.

Northern Dancer at age 23, includes footage of Secreto, El Gran Senor and Shareef Dancer

The legends Dr. Fager and Damascus battling each other in 4 different races. IMHO, Dr. Fager was the better horse when the race was a FAIR one without a rabbit. Great nostalgic value here, with the excellent Harvey Pack narrating.

Sporting the distinctive yellow and black colors of Martha Gerry's Lazy F Ranch, Hall of Fame gelding Forego proved his versatility yet again in the May 18, 1974 Carter Handicap over seven furlongs at Belmont Park. Coming off a win in the mile and a quarter Widener Handicap, Forego (129 lbs.)

Insight and races from the all too short career of the very impressive Danzig, son of Northern Dancer. He was a horse of great promise that was sadly hampered by troublesome injuries.

Ferdinand, Broad Brush, Snow Chief and others battle it out for the Big Cap.

The greatest 3200m handicap race in the world, the $5.1 million Melbourne Cup (The Race That Stops a Nation) was run this year on Tues 7 2006, in front of 106,000 spectators and won for the first time by a Japanese-owned horse, Delta Blues, with another Japanese-owned horse Pop Rock 2nd.

This Newsreel footage tracks the success of Triple Crown Winner Gallant Fox.

The son of Vaguely Noble wins an absolute barnburner with the great Seattle Slew.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

The legendary Dr. Fager, carrying a sensational 134 lbs, absolutely ROMPS under a hand ride to the world record mile on dirt that still stands. The great Phil Georgeff with the call.                                               

3yo&up, Turf Firm 2400 meters 1.Gentildonna (Deep Impact - Donna Blini, by Bertolini) R.Moore - S.Ishizaka 2:26.1 2.Denim and Ruby 3.Tosen Jordan 4.Admire Rakti 5.Dunaden 10.Eishin Flash 13.Simenon 15.Gold Ship 17.Joshua Tree

Watch as we celebrate the magical Black Caviar's 25 wins from 25 starts!

What a horse 17 in a row

2003 Kentucky Derby

Interviews

Frank Whitely Jr. Interview

by Bob Fox

 

Junior little interview 

by Bob Fox

Joe Thomas Interview

by Bob Fox

Franklin Grove Interview @ North Ridge Farm

by Bob Fox

Uploaded by Historica Canada on 2015-03-06.