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Questions tagged [horse-racing]

Questions about the sport of horse racing, an equestrian sport in which riders race horses around a predefined course.

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Kentucky Derby vs. Royal Ascot vs. Dubai World Cup

What's the relationship between the Kentucky Derby and the Royal Ascot horse races? The Dubai World Cup? Although some horses do, over the course of their careers, compete in all three, it seems rare ...
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How many horses are allowed to run a single race?

What is the maximum number of horses permitted to run a race in the United Kingdom? Is it different in the USA, or Australia?
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If horses can win without their jockeys, why have a jockey at all?

In the Palio di Siena, the winner of the race is the horse, even if it crosses the finish line without its rider: On the dangerous, steeply canted track, the riders are allowed to use their whips (...