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Descendant History of the Thoroughbred Horse

Have you ever heard of the term thoroughbred horses? Thoroughbred often means a "purely" breed specimen in terms of dogs, cats, and other animals. In horses, however, thoroughbred refers to a specific breed of horse. All thoroughbred horses are the descendants of three stallions that were imported into England in the late 17th century and early 18th century.
Byerley Turk

The Three "foundation" stallions were named the Byerley Turk, the Darley Arabian, and the Godolphin Arabian. The first word of their names refers to the last names of the owners.

Darley Arabian

The last word refers to the region they can from. All three horses came from what was then referred to as part of the "Orient" and what is now commonly considered the Middle East.

Godolphin Original Thoroughbred Stallion


Even today, the majority of thoroughbred horses trace their lineage to less than 30 stallions from the 19th century.

These stallions in turn traced their heritage to the three foundational horses mentioned above.

Thoroughbred horses were and are well regarded for their speed and stamina. They can be found in a range of colors including gray, brown, and black. Thoroughbreds are considered a "hot-blooded" breed and are known for their boldnesses and energy, along with their speed and stamina. A thoroughbred horse can now easily fetch over USD 100,000 and horses that come from former champions can fetch even more.

The thoroughbred breed quickly grew in popularity. As it did many owners started racing their horses against one another. Soon competitions were being held to determine the fastest thoroughbred horse. This would lay the foundation for thoroughbred racing and very quickly the breed came to dominate the horse racing world.
The breed would also spread across the world. While the breed originated in England by 1730 thoroughbred horses could be found in North America. Quickly breeding centers popped up in Virginia and Maryland. At the beginning of the 19th century the breed also spread across France and the rest of Europe, dominating the racing scene.
Now-a-days most horse races require that a horse be a thoroughbred. The most popular type of horse racing, "flat racing," is almost exclusively thoroughbred only. Flat racing refers to the types of races commonly held at horse tracks. Flat races occur on flat ground, usually covered with dirt, grass, or a similar synthetic material. The number of horses that participate in a flat race can vary, along with the distance. Most flat races however are between 1000 meters and 2 kilometers.
The long heritage and history of thoroughbred racing has helped the sport become one of the most popular in the world. Gamblers now bet billions of dollars per year on horse races and race course stands are often filled with people, ranging from families to regular gamblers. Horse racing is one of the most respected forms of gambling and involves as much skill as luck, making it a favorite for many people