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regional racing

Lexington may be the Horse Capital of the World, but horse racing stretches far beyond Kentucky. There are racetracks and breeding farms scattered coast to coast. Locals in these areas get to enjoy horse racing in their own home state and the economy thrives because of it. Learn more about regional horse racing, its economic impact, and the benefits it provides breeders and owners in this section. 

why is regional racing important?

Horses were an important part of the history of the United States. They were our main mode of transportation, essential workers on our farms and in cities, and crucial members of our military. As the world moved toward modernity, our need for horses slowly began to fade. Cars replaced them on the streets, machinery replaced them on farms, and farmland was replaced with suburbs and cities. Today, horses are mostly removed from the average person's everyday life. 

Regional horse racing is one of the best ways for the public to reconnect with this beautiful and important piece of our history. Racing allows people all over the country - not just in Kentucky - to get up close and personal with horses all while bringing immense economic and social value to every state it inhabits. The industry generates billions of dollars and creates thousands of jobs while adding a family-friendly entertainment option to the area. 

Horse racing outside of Kentucky gives horses, jockeys, trainers, owners, and breeders outside of the big ranks a place to showcase their talent. Not every horse can win a Grade 1. Not every jockey can ride at Keeneland. Not every trainer can have stalls at Churchill Downs. Not every breeder can afford a $100,000 stud fee. Regional tracks and breeding industries give everyone the opportunity to put food on the table. 

Many great horses were bred and raised outside of Kentucky. Secretariat was a Virginia-bred. Hall of Famer Hillsdale was bred in Indiana. Harlan's Holiday, a fantastic racehorse and the sire of one of the greatest studs of this era, Into Mischief, was bred in Ohio. Triple Crown winner Assault was bred in Texas. Two-time Breeders' Cup Classic winner Tiznow was bred in California. Turf sensation The Pizza Man was bred in Illinois. Native Dancer, an iconic racehorse and sire, known especially as the damsire of Northern Dancer, was bred in Maryland. Regret, the first filly to win the Kentucky Derby, was bred in New Jersey. Florida, the second biggest state for racing, has produced horses like Triple Crown winner Affirmed. The list goes on and on...

Take the time to visit your local track and experience the thrill and essentiality of regional racing. You may just find yourself falling in love with all it has to offer.

impact by state


Champions of the track is based in the regional racing state of Indiana. We produce a lot of content about Indiana farms and horseshoe Indianapolis.

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