Today on Day’s to Remember, we celebrate how on March 19th 1942, The Thoroughbred Racing Association was formed in Chicago.
As we gallop our way through history, horse racing is been around for a long time.
The Thoroughbred Racing Associations (TRA) was formed in 1942 when World War II threatened to force a halt to all racing in the country.
Alfred G. Vanderbilt, then president of Pimlico and Belmont Park, planted the seed to form a commission of racetracks.
The first conference held in Chicago on March 19, 1942, attracted a who’s who of racing at the time, including The Jockey Club chairman William Woodward, prominent breeder A.B. Hancock, and track presidents Henry Parr III and Carleton F. Burke, among others.
From that seed, the TRA grew. In 2015, the TRA has 43 member associations conducting racing at 39 racetracks in the United States and Canada.
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When was the first organized horse race?
Organized horse racing in the United States dates back to 1665, when Richard Nicolls, the royal governor of New York, authorized the first track at what is now Hempstead, Long Island. The first thoroughbred or purebred sire of record to reach the country was Bulle Rock, imported from England to Virginia around 1730.
Even before that, horse racing has a long and distinguished history and has been practiced in civilizations across the world since ancient times. Archaeological records indicate that horse racing occurred in Ancient Greece, Babylon, Syria, and Egypt.
These magnificent animals have alerted fans all of the world even if you’re not into horse racing.
In later times, Thoroughbred racing was, and is, popular with the aristocrats and royalty of British society, earning it the title “Sport of Kings.”
Today horse racing is for anyone, and not just for royalty, as we celebrate how on March 19th 1942, The Thoroughbred Racing Association was formed in Chicago.
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