My uncle got me into horse racing. Not the betting part but the actual racing part. He is a member of one of the best horse racing syndicates in the UK. I got started soon after I got my first job as an adult. I like horse racing. There is a certain excitement to it that surpasses all of the other sports. The competition is actually fierce. The horses and the jockeys are the athletes, and they both have status among the fans in the same way footballers do. Thought the fan base for the sport might be a bit smaller than it is for some of the other sports, it is still quite popular.
Horse racing and Britain seem to go together. It is a gentleman’s sport if there ever was one. It has some very specific and long enduring traditions from the tracks to specific races to celebration of the wins. Even the naming of the horses follows a tradition. (more…)