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.
Eventing is a sport enjoyed by many Australians, but what are the risks?
How dangerous really is horse riding and sports like eventing? While there are risks, they can be managed, especially if we learn to understand horses better.
Even before the Grand National’s official starting date of 1839, British horse racing saw plenty of drama.
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Why two-thirds of the adult population in the UK bet on this annual horse race.
Neck and neck on the line.
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Has horse racing become too risky for the runners?
Michelle Payne spoke of horse racing’s chauvinism following her victory on Prince of Penzance in Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup.
Almost all of the decision-makers in horse racing are male, and they almost invariably favour their own sex.
The horseshoe motif symbolises swift feet that win races for their owners and jockeys, but it symbolises much else too.
Two motifs predominate in racing fashion: the horseshoe and the horse bit. But what does it mean when "fillies on the field" dress in clothes adorned with stirrups, bits and other equine symbols?
Finding the right balance in feeding a racehorse.
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As we celebrate the Melbourne Cup today, it's worth taking a look at the way we nourish our champions of the turf.