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Horse race gambling or betting on horse races is the general activity of predicting horse race results by making a wager on the outcome of a racing event - like Preakness Stakes, Kentucky Derby or Breeders' Cup for example.

Winning at horse race gambling is about putting the time and effort to learn and be knowledgeable about the race horses, the track, the jockey as well as everything and everyone involved in a particular race - even the weather. Winning is about weighing all the factors in a cool, objective fashion. Winning is about adopting a consistent, disciplined, long-term approach to horse race gambling. has put together an interesting compilation of horse gambling facts that can give you the edge in making your bet. After all the risks involved, an informed bet is the best bet any horse race gambler can make.

  • In the history of the Pennsylvania Derby, Joe Bravo is regarded as the jockey with the Most Pennsylvania Derby Wins with 2 (1994 and 2003). On the other hand, Woody Stephens holds the record for trainer with Most Pennsylvania Derby Wins at three (1979, 1984 and 1988). The first woman to win a Pennsylvania Derby was Andrea Seefeldt when she rode Valley Crossing to the win in the 1991 Derby.

  • Citation's win in the 1951 staging of the Hollywood Gold Cup made him the first race horse to gain career earnings of $1 million. In 1979, Affirmed's Gold Cup victory made him the first horse to achieve career earnings of $2 million. On the other hand, John Henry's win of the Hollywood Gold Cup in 1983 made him the first race horse in history to pocket $4 million in career earnings.

  • In Del Cap history, the fastest time recorded at the current track distance of 1 miles is 1:59 4/5 in 1987 by Coup de Fusil.

  • In the summer of 1873, two thoroughbreds, Bing Aman and Mart Jordan ended their race in a dead heat at the Gravesend Race Track in New York. To determine the winner, the horses were run a second time but once again the race ended in a dead heat. A third run was done which resulted in yet another dead heat. On the fourth run it seemed that the race ended in another dead heat but judges ruled Bing Aman as the winner by a nose. However, the audience violently protested the judges' decision and their protests severely damaged the track.

  • October 1, 1956 was the luckiest day for jockey Johnny Heckman at the Hawthorne Race Track in Chicago. On that day he rode winners in the first, second, fourth, sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth races. His lucky streak continued the next day when Heckman won another couple of races.

  • In 1750, racing's elite met at Newmarket to form the Jockey Club, which to this day exercises complete control over English racing. The Jockey Club wrote complete rules of racing and sanctioned racecourses to conduct meetings under those rules.

  • James Weatherby, whose family served as accountants to the members of the Jockey Club, was assigned the task of tracing the pedigree, or complete family history, of every racing horse in England. In 1791 the results of his research were published as the Introduction to the General Stud Book. By the early 1800s, the only horses that could be called "thoroughbreds" and allowed to race were those descended from horses listed in the General Stud Book.

  • In 1919, the first Triple Crown winner Sir Barton won the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, the Wither Stakes and the Belmont Stakes in a space of just 32 days.

  • In 1951, Citation capped off his career with a victory in the Hollywood Gold Cup that made him thoroughbred racing's first millionaire.

  • Secretariat's race records in the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes stand even to this day. His run in the Belmont Stakes is not only a race record, but the world record for a mile and a half on a dirt track.

  • The 1848 Gold Rush was responsible for carrying the thoroughbred to America's westernmost frontier, California.

  • Union Race Course was the first race track to have a "skinned" or artificially surfaced track. The "skin" was dirt; the track opened in 1821 in Long Island. Unlike the traditional English grass tracks, the dirt track proved fast, and Union became the model for future American tracks.

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