When we think of racehorses, typically Thoroughbred racing comes to mind. However there is Harness racing with Standardbred trotters and pacers, and Quarterhorse racing as well. All of these horses are tremendous athletes; the Standardbreds trot or pace at 45mph, and the American Quarterhorses are the fastest horse over a 1/4 of a mile and that is how they got their name, rather than the size of their hind quarters. As the world watched 'Big Brown' lose the 2008 Belmont, the truth about the drugs in American horseracing came to light.
Harness horse Speedy Somolli was another Lana Lobell horse. In this video he wins the Hambletonian. Standardbreds have served on Mounted Police horses in Hoboken, NJ and Newark, NJ. These gentle horses are also trained to carry a rider after they learn to 'break' the 45mph trot or pace and transition to the canter.
All of these breeds can transition to many other forms of sport; Dressage, Cross Country, Steeplechasing, Fox Hunting, and additionally they can serve as therapy animals, service animals on Mounted Police Units, or just a wonderful riding horse. There are tradgedies in any form of racing, however, there is a tremendous difference between American racing and UK racing. In the UK the horses race on turf and American horses race on dirt. The track surfaces in the US are a contributing factor in the breakdowns of all racing breeds; especially when combined with 'performance enhancing' drugs.
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