What to Know about Thoroughbred Race Horses

Have you seen a Thoroughbred running on the race track? With its sleek and agile body, as well as an athletic build, these breed is born to win races. These animals are considered hot blooded because of their phenomenal speed and agility. Their winning streak in horse races has made them one of the most sought-after, and the most expensive horse breeds in the world.

The Thoroughbreds are the most popular runners at my race tracks, the Richard Schibell Racing. These breed of horses are famous for agility and speed. I am Richard Schibell, and I own and train several Thoroughbreds.

But, although the Thoroughbreds are the most popular racehorses, not everyone knows their origins and why they are so fast and powerful. Here are some fact that will educate you and help you recognize a real Thoroughbred in the racetrack or the auction.

Thoroughbreds come from only three stallions and Royalty mares.

Some people think that a Thoroughbred and a Purebred are the same, but they are not.  A Thoroughbred is a Purebred, but a Purebred may not be a Thoroughbred. A Purebred is a horse that is born of a father and mother of the same breed while a Thoroughbred comes from only three stallions that served as the foundation stock. These male horses were the Darley Arabian, the Godolphin Barb or Godolphin Arabian, and the Byerly Turk. They mated with mares that belonged to James I and Charles I of England; hence, they were called Royalty mares.

Racehorse champions have bigger hearts.

Majority of the Thoroughbreds normally have a small heart. However,  the fastest ones were found to have enlarged hearts. Secretariat, an American Thoroughbred had a heart that weighed 22 pounds. He was a triple crown winner for 25 years and was considered as the fastest racehorse during his time. Another contender for the Triple Crown was Sham whose heart weighed 18 pounds.

Thoroughbreds have the most number of wins.

When one considers the number of wins in horse races, the Thoroughbreds had the most number compared to other horse breeds. Many of them have broken world records and made history. Because of this, Thoroughbreds are the most expensive horses. One two-year-old colt was sold for $16 million. Another Thoroughbred earned the title World’s Smartest Horse after correctly identifying 19 numbers in one minute.

Most Thoroughbreds have variations of brown and gray colors.

While most Thoroughbreds have brown or gray coats, and sometimes black or gray, which are very rare, there are ones that have different hues. Other color combinations include smoky black, smoky cream, and spotted although the Jockey Club in the United States does not register these Thoroughbreds.

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Thoroughbreds have been created for racing.

People who breed Thoroughbreds do so for horse racing. A great racehorse can bring fortune to the owners. The prize can amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Aside from the prize, the owners usually wager a huge sum, and when the horse wins, they can realize a good income.

If you want to know more about horse racing, visit us at Richard Schibell Horse Racing. You can see take a look at my Thoroughbreds, and watch them during the race.