Stephanie Corum: The Thrill of Arabian Racing

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Nothing is quite as thrilling as watching your Arabian racehorse in the home stretch speeding neck and neck toward the finish line to a photo finish. Or maybe it’s you standing proudly in the winner’s circle with your majestic horse at your side as the track photographer commemorates your win. Either way, the thrill of horse racing and the thrill of winning are both feelings that you won’t soon forget!

For as much as this thrilling sport has expanded over the years, there are still endless possibilities for the newcomer and a need for additional horses. Racing blood lines are still being uncovered which has caused many an owner to take a second look in his barn for racing talent while wondering, “Could I be the next big winner?”

Racing is not an exclusive sport either. Arabian owners are finding that the athleticism and beauty of a racehorse can lead to success in the show arena and distance riding as well as on the track.

Arabian racing is a sport that promises to continue its drive to the finish line. Pure-bred Arabians can be found racing on all continents. International competition has expanded with many internationally sponsored Arabian races here in the USA.

Arabians have been a fixture, and complementary addition, to racing at Delaware Park since the early 1980s. In the past they have raced in Maryland, including Laurel Park in the 1980s and on the 2012 Preakness undercard. In addition, Arabians have the potential to run over the turf at Fair Hill this year.

Arabians do not compete with Thoroughbreds, but rather they fill a niche market and give the bettor and spectator something different on which to watch and wager. The draw of the Arabian horse is strong and has the potential to bring people to the track to watch this historic breed – the founder of the Thoroughbred.

Arabian horses proudly make up part of the Maryland Horse Industry. There are numerous Arabian breeders and owners in the state. Arabian Finish Line, the only magazine in the United States devoted specifically to Arabian racing, is based in Frederick, MD. This magazine has a worldwide draw and is rapidly gaining popularity. It would only seem natural to have Arabian racing in Maryland as well.

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