by SHARON KAPLAN There are a number of people that can remember the sounds and smells of the horse track. Perhaps it was one of the your first memories as a young and innocent child; the day you held your grandfather’s hand while looking up at the creatures that were supposed to make your old man rich. Through the years, horse racing has changed the way betting is done and as the pure adrenaline of watching the show unfold is addictive, why would one not want to place a bet?
Put together, here is a list of some of the best horse racing moments in history that can still make one’s skin crawl with excitement!
Ascot Gold Cup 1936 – Quashed and Omaha
Those final few seconds of watching Quashed and Omaha, two champion horses from different parts of the world, race down the lane were gut wrenching. Quashed won the race by a small head and although there were no pictures taken to confirm the win, it still remains a split second in time that could have changed history.
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes 1975 – Grundy and Bustino
Grundy and Bustino, being one-of-a-kind racehorses, wouldn’t give in without a fight. The race between Bustino and Grundy was described as the race of the century and to watch the horses battle out their winning ability on the track. Grundy won by a mere inch or two and, to this day, will be remembered for his pure determination and will to win.
Cheltenham Gold Cup 1964 – Arkle and Mill House
When looking at the best Cheltenham 2017 odds before making an online horse race bet, one can’t help but think of the race between Arkle and Mill House. Although Mill House won, the fight for victory between these two steeplechasers was feverishly extravagant. It was such a legendary moment that Dominic Behan wrote a ballad in honour of the event
Breeders’ Cup Distaff 1990 – Bayakoa and Go For Wand
It was said that Bayakoa and Go For Wand were going to give the crowd something to swoon over for decades to come. The two horses ran as if being chased by an invisible force while the crowd watched in awe. They stayed next to each other for almost the entire race before the unthinkable happened. Go For Wand had an unexpected incident where her foreleg gave way. What had to be one of the most memorable races now became of the worst. As Go For Wand’s leg was irretrievably damaged, she will always be remembered for her fighting spirit.
There is no such sport offering as much exhilaration than that of watching horses race down a track while placing bets on which one will cross the finish line first. Go on try it.