Animal activists stage a protest during Caulfield Cup day at Caulfield Race Course in Melbourne, following shocking hidden-camera footage revealing the slaughtering of former racehorses.
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An investigation by ABC journalists has revealed hundreds of former racehorses are slaughtered after retiring.
Teresa Palmer, centre, as Michelle Payne in Ride Like a Girl.
This is a film about farmyards; single dads; a wedding; a funeral; horses - falling off them and getting back on - all leading to a fast climax and a no-nonsense denouement.
Michelle Payne’s 2015 Melbourne Cup win was a watershed moment for Australian female jockeys, but there is still a long way to go.
More and more Australian jockeys are female, but the sport's entrenched masculinist culture is proving hard to change.
Not all Thoroughbreds mate in the natural way.
Today's the official birthday of all race horses in Australia which means the breeding season is just a month away. It's about to get very busy for stallions and mares on the stud farms.
Derby frontrunner Game Winner comes from a bloodline of Latin American racehorse excellence.
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Many immigrants come to the United States chasing the 'American dream.' So do immigrant racehorses, who literally carry the hopes of their trainers and riders on their backs.
Jockey Hugh Bowman rides Winx for an exhibition gallop at the Royal Randwick Racecourse, in Sydney, earlier this month.
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It's the last race for Winx this weekend and she's been an incredible race horse. But what makes a good race horse?
Violence towards animals can never be condoned, whether in horse racing or to animals in general.
The outcry over allegations that electronic devices may have been used in Australian racehorse training highlights inconsistencies in our attitudes to the use of such devices on animals in general.
Racing to the finish at the Melbourne Cup in 2017.
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It's not only fans that dress up on Melbourne Cup Day. There is plenty of gear racehorses can wear, from blinkers to nose bands, ear plugs and even a tail chain. But do they do any good?
Eighty years ago, Seabiscuit trounced Triple Crown winner War Admiral.
The US went crazy for Seabiscuit when he won his famous 1938 match race against War Admiral. Now researchers are investigating the thoroughbred's DNA to see what made him such an unlikely success.
Tongue-ties are used to tie horses’ tongues to their lower jaw.
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Tongue-ties are used in Australian horse racing but are banned in most other horse sports.
The unique bond between humans and horses is explored in the film ‘Lean on Pete.’
Humans and horses have developed a unique interspecies language based on physical contact.
A woman shares a mint julep with her husband before the running of the 2013 Kentucky Derby.
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'Take a silver cup – always a silver cup' and 'fill it with ice pulverized to the fineness of snow,' a Kentucky man explained in 1908.
The use of the whip on Australian horse racing is still legal, but is it necessary?
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Banning the whip in Australian horse racing would only deter a minority of race enthusiasts from gambling or watching any events.
A veterinarian about to administer the Hendra virus vaccine.
New research shows that vaccination against the deadly Hendra virus in horses does not reduce their racing performance.
Horse racing is enjoyed by many people, employs thousands of people but there are some concerns over the welfare of the horses.
Horse racing is enjoyed by millions of people but there are others who have concerns over animal welfare. A social license to operate may help keep all sides happy.
From 1921 to 2000, no black jockeys competed.
Black jockeys won more than half of the first 25 runnings of the Kentucky Derby. Then they started losing their jobs.
Riders don’t always obey the rules on the use of the whip in Australian horse racing.
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Despite strict rules on the use of the whip in Australian horse racing, some riders still breach them.
Harness racing in Brisbane.
Harness Racing Australia has announced it will ban the use of the whip. The decision is a world first for any horse sporting body, so what about the rest of the horse racing industry?
Jockey Michelle Payne rides Prince of Penzance to victory in the 2015 Melbourne Cup.
We all know about Phar Lap, but what about the remarkable story of Walter Craig on Nimblefoot, or the market gardener who always knew when Poseidon would win?
Are the odds in favor of big computer-assisted bettors?
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Are regular bettors and the house helped or hurt when deep-pocketed, high-volume computer-assisted bettors are wagering? Mathematicians used game theory to model this new wrinkle in parimutuel betting.