Hi. My name is Scott Greenpark and this is my blog. I'm 32 years of age and a Canadian who is in love with anything and everything connected with horse racing. For more than twenty years, horse racing has been my passion. Not just watching it, but gambling on horse racing, getting involved with a local horse racing stable and I've even got my very own four legged friend. I love him dearly, but he's in no way up to the challenges of taking part in horse racing. We just love spending time together and exploring the local countryside. My love of all things horse racing began when I was really quite young. I was fortunate enough to live close to a very successful horse racing stable and offered my services when I was still at school. I'd always wanted to have my own horse, but it wasn't to be at that time. So I did the next best thing and mucked out at the local stable. Not content which just cleaning up the mess I also took every opportunity to ride the horses. And with the help of the owners became a competent rider. Of course, I never took to competing. Basically, I was a little on the large side for that kind of endeavor.
My idea with this website is to help others with a similar passion and provide useful and helpful information for free. And to be honest, I just love writing about horse racing. You can be confident in my website being completely independent. It's all my work, my words and my never-ending enthusiasm is what has made this possible. This is my first website, and as I'm not very technically minded, I've had to enlist the help of a few techie friends. So, I'd like to thank my best friend and fellow horse racing fan, Frank Smeeton for all his patience and for creating this fantastic website. Thanks should also go to another of my friends Kathy Franks for help with the art work and designing. Really guys, without your help this wouldn't have been possible. This website hasn't been up and running for all that long, so there are going to be plenty more pages to be added in the fullness of time. But to start with, I'll be looking at the history of horse racing and what's happening in the modern horse racing world. My site is obviously aimed at Canadians, at least in the beginning. So the information I provide will be relevant to Canada. Maybe in time, and hopefully, when I get in some traveling, I'll be able to give some personal accounts of other horse racing events around the world.
I had no intention of writing about horse racing when my love of the sport was first sparked. But I felt the need to write a blog about my passion after reading what others were saying. I'm not a professional journalist, but my experience with horses and the racing world mean I can share what I've learned over the years and encourage others to enjoy it as much as I do. The primary purpose of this site is to provide impartial reviews, and independent content relating to horse racing in Canada. I am hoping it will become one of the best free horse racing resources for Canadians, outside of major media concerns. The reviews I write will be unbiased and I'll be sharing not just the best but warning you away from the worst as well. Originally from Winnipeg, I'm now lucky enough to live far away from such metropolises. My younger days were spent indulging my passion at some of the local stables. Now I'm a big boy I can watch horse racing at the actual events. And being of an age when it's legal for me to place bets I get to play with the big boys. There are plenty of online sites where it's possible to place bets but I like to visit the tracks and place my bets with real people. I'll be passing on some betting tips and while I may not be qualified enough to provide with the next certain winners, I'll be providing tips to help you improve your odds of winning. I hope you decide to stick with me, and I'll welcome any advice you want to give me to help make this site better. Writing a blog and creating a website is a two-sided venture. It's not just about me spouting what I've learned. It's also about my readers sharing their experiences too. And I very much look forward to hearing from you.
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Horse Racing in Canada
In Canada, one of the biggest events in the horse racing calendar is the Canadian Triple Crown. It is made up of a series of three thoroughbred horse races run every year. It's open to three-year-old horses that were foaled in Canada. The event first took place in 1959, and is very unique in that it shares the same distances as its American counterpart.
Horse Racing Nowadays
According to a recent study, humans have been domesticating horses for the past 6000 years. The first recorded horse race in Canada was on July 1st, 1767, on the Plains of Abraham near Quebec City. Racing these majestic beasts, is one of the oldest sports in the world, a primitive contest of speed and stamina.
When it comes to horse racing, most people consider only Thoroughbred racing. But there are actually a number of other popular forms of horse racing. If you're looking at this sport from a betting perspective, you might also want to consider harness racing, endurance racing and quarter horse racing. These horse race types involve other breeds than Thoroughbreds.