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The Thoroughbred

The attempt to create a superior breed of horses for racing began in England after the Stuart Restoration of 1660. King Charles II was instrumental in the design and creation of the Thoroughbred. The aim was to develop a horse that would combine size, speed, and type, and would continue to breed true to that type.

For foundation stock, the English looked to the Arabian peninsula, the source of the Oriental horse, considered to be the most genetically pure breed in the world. In the hundred years between 1660 and 1760, approximately 200 such horses were imported to England. Half of them were unquestionably Arabian horses. The others were half-Arabians and breeds closely related to Arabians: Barbs and Turks from North Africa. These were the foundations for the Thoroughbred.

 

Educational DVDs

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The Best of the Saratoga Special

The Best of the Saratoga Special

Best of Talkin' Horses

Best of Talkin' Horses

Blood Horses

Blood Horses

Dear Smarty - A collection of letters written to Smarty Jones

Dear Smarty - A collection of letters written to Smarty Jones

Equestrian Style

Equestrian Style

Etched in Stone

Etched in Stone

Gold Rush

Gold Rush - How Mr. Prospector Became Racing's Billion Dollar Sire

Greatest Kentucky Derby Upsets

Greatest Kentucky Derby Upsets

Great Breeders and Their Methods: The Hancocks

*E-Book Format*

Great Breeders and Their Methods: The Hancocks

Great Breeders and Their Methods: Leslie Combs and Spendthrift Farm

Great Breeders and Their Methods: Leslie Combs and Spendthrift Farm

Great Breeders and Their Methods: Samuel Riddle, Walter Jeffords and the Dynasty of Man o' War

Great Breeders and Their Methods: Samuel Riddle, Walter Jeffords and the Dynasty of Man o' War

Horse People - Thoroughbred Culture in Lexington and Newmarket

Horse People - Thoroughbred Culture in Lexington and Newmarket

Horse Racing's Greatest Rivalries

Horse Racing's Greatest Rivalries

In Pursuit of the Big Horse

In Pursuit of the Big Horse

Jockey

Jockey

John Henry (Legends Series)

John Henry

(Legends Series)

Kentucky Derby 133 Review

Kentucky Derby 133 Review

Lightning in a Jar

Lightning In A Jar

Man o' War

Man o' War

More Old Friends

More Old Friends

Round Table (Legends Series)

Round Table

(Legends Series)

Seabiscuit - The Saga of a Great Champion

Seabiscuit - The Saga of a Great Champion

The 10 Best Kentucky Derbies

The 10 Best Kentucky Derbies

Tesio: In His Own Words

*E-Book Format*

Tesio: In His Own Words

2008 Thoroughbred Times Almanac

Thoroughbred Times Racing Almanac

War Admiral (Legends Series)

War Admiral

(Legends Series)

Women of the Year

Women of the Year

 

Books on Thoroughbred Handicapping

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