There are plenty of popular sports in the world, football being one of them. Some sports are more popular than others, like football and cricket, the world’s two most popular sports. But, there are other sports which people love watching, despite not following them closely. Horse racing is one of those sports. When famous races are on, like the Royal Ascot or the Kentucky Derby, people are often glued to their chairs, watching the horses soar across the tracks. But, why is horse racing so popular? There are a couple of reasons and here they are, in no particular order.
Speed and Excitement
There is nothing like watching a Formula 1 race, right? That is very exciting, but so is ski jumping and races, in general. Everything that is fast and quick, inspires people to watch, keeping them glued to the chair. The very idea of going fast is dangerous, so watching others do it, is exciting and scary at the same time. With horse racing, the jockeys are obviously riding horses, meaning that at least two lives are always in danger. Not only that, but those who bet on the sport also have more to lose or win than just a regular fan.
Sports betting and horse racing have always gone hand in hand. There are some sports which always go hand in hand with sports betting and horse racing is one of such sports. Plenty of careers were manipulated to meet certain demands and win certain bets. Today, the world is much more rigorous when it comes to setting up matches, or rather, fixing them. Horse racing is still exciting, but even more so because there is never a for sure winner. With that in mind, people still bet and do it avidly, especially on race days, live at the racecourse. Sports betting and horse racing have a symbiotic relationship, both profiting, some actually profiting while others indirectly, through fan support and growth in popularity.
The Culture of Horse Racing
Horse racing has always been associated as a sport for the rich, and rightfully so, because it is very expensive to take care of a single horse, let alone a bunch of horses. With that in mind, people love horse racing because it provides them with a feeling which is often associated with that of the elite. Raising your standards by watching horse racing is not what most people will think of, but it definitely takes place, even though it is often for the duration of a race.
Horse racing is popular for plenty of reasons, whether culture, society, excitement, money, betting or even horses themselves, being the lovely animals that they are.