About Harness Racing



Harness Racing is an equine sport in which the athletes are Standardbred Horses. They are driven around a racetrack, usually a 1/2, 5/8, 7/8, or 1 Mile size by drivers. The drivers are seated behind the horse in a racing bike, also known as a sulky, which the horse pulls around the racetrack. These horses, on average, are usually run up to once a week. When they are not racing, they are taken care of by trainers. The trainers also have people helping them, known as grooms. Harness racing is not only a sport, but it is also a BETTING sport. The amount of money you can win depends on the amount bet on the race and how each person bets. In harness races, horses line up straight across the racetrack behind a moving starting gate. They follow the vehicle around to the starting pole, which when reached, begins the race by the vehicle accelerating away from the horses. There are 100's of Harness Racetracks in the U.S., ranging from coast to coast. The horses that race do so for a certain purse money, which is divided up by the top finishers in the race. That is a pretty basic definition of Harness Racing. If you would like to know more, or if you have any questions about Harness Racing, feel free to email me.