The image of a horse race has been a common feature of election coverage for much longer than modern opinion polling. In fact, the Boston Journal was one of the first to use the image in its election coverage in 1888. The image, as well as journalists’ use of polls, has been criticized since. Critics, such as Atkin and Gaudino, have argued that the horse race image skews the election as if it were a horse race.
History of horse racing
The history of horse racing can be traced back to the Stone Age. In the 700 to 40 BCE period, the first Olympic Games held four-hitch chariot and mounted races. In the Roman Empire, mounted races became a well-organized form of entertainment for the public. Other ancient civilizations, including Egypt, Greece and Rome, adopted this form of horse racing. Today, more than three billion people participate in horse racing around the world.
Types of horse races
There are several different types of horse races. For example, there are allowance races and stakes races. Allowance races are those where the horse does not need to earn much money or win many races to qualify for the race. Claim races are the opposite of allowance races. Allowance races allow horses to carry less weight, but they must still meet specific criteria. They are often not as good as stakes races. Therefore, allowance races are the best choice for young horses.
Wagering on the outcome of horse races
Betting on the outcome of horse races has three basic wagers. The simplest straight wager is a show bet. If your selection comes in first, second, or third, you would cash a show bet. The payoff for this wager is low – it is common for a favorite to win with a ROI of under $1 for every $2 you wager. The downside to show bets is that they are very boring.
Famous horses in horse racing
There have been many famous horses in horse racing throughout the ages, and some are even legendary. Although many of them were champions hundreds or even thousands of years ago, many of us today remember the legends and the stories they tell. This list highlights 15 of the most notable racehorses throughout history. From the first race to the final triumph, these horses are remembered by many fans. They represent a rich history of the sport and their jockeys have won many prestigious races.
Media coverage of horse races
As the 2020 presidential race gets underway, the political press is busy charting the positions of the ponies. Media coverage of horse races has a similar rhythm to election campaigns. The candidate with the fastest start in the race is in the lead at the start of the race, but loses steam by the quarter-mile mark, falls behind in the back straight, and reaches the home stretch. Coverage of the race is thrilling from beginning to end. Like election polls, media coverage of horse races draws the parallel between the candidates.