The Rise of Horse Race Journalism

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The horse race is an American institution with many different facets and philosophies. For example, horse race journalism is on the rise. While election polls have been around since the 1940s, horse race journalism is a newer genre. Today’s journalists are looking for new ways to cover the race and report the results.

Historical significance

The history of horse racing goes back thousands of years. As early as 700 BCE, horse races were part of the Olympic Games. These races included four-hitch chariots and mounted races. Later, the sport spread to other countries, including China, Arabia, and North Africa. These countries contributed Arabian, Barb, and Turk horses to the early European racing events.

In 1651, the first recorded horse race was held in France, the result of a wager between two noblemen. Gambling and horse racing were so popular during the reign of Louis XIV (1643-1715) that racing in France was organized and regulated by royal decree. For example, foreign horses were required to have certificates of origin and be weighed extra.


Horse racing is an exciting sport, but there are rules that must be adhered to in order for the race to be fair. These rules govern everything from dead heats and course changes to headgear. Headgear is essential for the safety of the horse, as it helps improve the horse’s concentration and keep its head carriage low. Listed and Class 2 races have different requirements and you should know them before betting on a horse.

The rules of horse races are designed to make betting fair and a smooth process. They regulate the rules and procedures for determining the winner, including displaying the odds and changing the course of a race. Each region has different rules.


If you are betting on horse races, one element you need to understand is the value of each horse. This may seem like a subjective concept, but value is crucial when handicapping a race. For one bettor, a horse could have a high value, while another may believe that it is low value. It is important to understand value and to never ignore it.

Value betting is the opposite of betting on longshots. It involves betting on a horse whose odds are higher than its actual chance of winning. For example, a horse that’s priced at 40-1 might deserve to be at 100-1. It also means betting on a horse that is 3-1 second or 4-1 second choice.


The Publicity of Horse Races has been studied for decades. Scholars have found that this form of political journalism uses public opinion polls to make predictions, giving the frontrunners the most positive attention, while underdogs get the least. This pattern is common in political news coverage, both in the U.S. and in other countries.

The growth of digital media has helped horse racing grow and improve its fan engagement. In fact, some experts have compared Thoroughbred racing’s digital strategies to the NBA’s. In both sports, the goal is to engage the fans, so the organizations involved must continue to work together and strive to reach their common goals.

Impact on election campaigns

One of the most common ways to frame election campaigns is through horse race coverage. This practice has been around for decades. The Boston Journal first reported election results with a horse race image in 1888. Ever since, horse race coverage has been subject to criticism, especially when journalists use polls to influence their coverage. Atkin and Gaudino argued that journalists should stop treating elections like horse races and instead focus on more important issues.

This horse race frame creates enormous opportunities for portraying candidates as “winners” or “losers.” This type of coverage makes a stronger candidate appear less threatening, which has a negative impact on the political outcome. During a Trump rally, for example, Fox News reported that Trump had compared Biden to “gun-grabbers and rioters.” This type of coverage is particularly problematic for stronger candidates, because it can reduce turnout, a key component of political campaigns.