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How horse racing has changed over the last 100 years

by Staff Reporter
25 Aug 2021 at 10:37hrs | Views
Horse racing has been around for a long time. People have used horses for competing even in ancient Greece, in an event called the chariot race. However, this discipline has evolved in many ways since those times, and especially over the last 100 years.

And still, after all this time, people still have great interest in both watching and participating in horse races. What is more, some even enjoy placing wagers on different equestrian events that take place every year. In this article, we'll take a look at several ways in which horse racing changed over the past century.

Winners Get Way More Than They Used To
It doesn't come as a surprise that so many people would like to become professional jockeys when the prizes for winning one of the major events are huge. There are some competitions where the best riders get around 10 million dollars, which is far more than what jockeys who won races would get 100 years ago. There are many reasons why the situation has changed so drastically over the past century.

First of all, now all major events will get funded through various sponsorships that support horse racing. Moreover, we have access to online horse racing betting that makes it easier for bettors to place wagers no matter where they are. The money from and sponsorships has a direct influence on the prize. So the more popular the event as well as the participants, the larger the audience it gathers, which creates a lot of room for generous prizes.

Horse Races Are Now Accessible To Everyone
Horse races used to be reserved only for the rich and wealthy. Only people with a certain status, class, or even royal background could afford to attend an event like this one. However, nowadays things are very different.

As years went by, horse races became more available to the general audience, thus gaining more popularity. Thanks to televised broadcasts and streaming services of late, anyone can watch a horse racing event. Additionally, fans can even purchase event tickets at an affordable price.

Betting on Horse Races
In the past century, betting on horse races was mostly done through sportsbooks. However, in the modern age, there are so many available options that allow bettors to enjoy this activity in the best possible way. Players can visit Kentucky derby sportsbooks and place bets on their favorite horse from the comfort of their homes. Also, bettors can opt for different types of bets, which makes the betting on races more customizable than ever before. There are still bookies next to tracks, where admirers can place bets while watching the race. But next to the accessibility offered by online sportsbooks, this type of betting is only valued as another fun thing to do while spending time next to the tracks.
 
Better Healthcare for the Horses
Over the years, we have learned to appreciate animals and their well-being way more than we have ever done so in the past. Cruelty over animals is now considered one of the most serious crimes, and all nations on the planet are working towards the improvement of the way we treat animals in general.

When it comes to racing horses, their lives have improved in many different ways. Firstly, medicine has come a long way from where it was a hundred years ago. And it also reflected the way that these animals are being treated for injuries or illnesses. With the technology that veterinarians have available they are able to establish the cause of the problem and help the horse accordingly. Furthermore, these medical advancements can also help healthy horses stay healthy for as long as possible and even improve their performance on the race tracks.

Source - Byo24News