Types of Horse Races and How to Make Place Bets

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There are many different types of horse races. There are Standardbreds, Thoroughbreds, and even Harness races. This article will cover each type of horse race, as well as how to make Place bets. You’ll also discover what kind of horse race bets are most profitable.


Standardbreds are the fastest trotting/pacing horses in the world. They are used in harness racing across North America, Europe, and Australasia. They are typically saddled and run under a jockey.


A Thoroughbred is a breed of horse that is best known for their use in horse racing. The term Thoroughbred is sometimes used to refer to any purebred horse. The Thoroughbred horse breed is the most commonly used in horse racing, although some breeds of purebred horses may also be called Thoroughbreds.

Harness racing

Harness racing is a type of horse racing in which horses race at a particular gait. These horses pull a two-wheeled cart called a sulky. In Europe, these horses pull a chariot occupied by the driver.

Place bets

Place bets on horse races offer the gambler more flexibility than the win/place bet. This bet type is available in races with more than five runners. It pays if your horse finishes first or second, but if your horse does not finish, you lose.

King’s Plates

There are several contenders in the King’s Plates, which is one of the world’s richest horse races. Sir for Sure is a bay son of Sligo Bay (IRE) and Serena’s Rose. He is a two-year-old who won the Woodbine Oaks on June 11. Another likely contender is Channel Maker, trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott. Other contenders include State of Honor, a champion 2-year-old who finished second in the Kentucky Derby and Florida Derby. Duke of Love is another likely contender, and it is owned by Patrick Husbands, who trained both.

Stakes races

The stakes races in horse racing are the biggest races in the sport, with purses in the millions of dollars. These races are highly competitive, and many wealthy owners try to secure nominations to these races. The horses in these races are usually handicapped and conditioned for success.

Allowance races

Allowance races are a type of race for horses. These races combine claiming horses with allowance horses. Some of these horses have won a maiden race or claimer race while others are running for allowance conditions. These races help the Racing Secretary to fill out the field of races and give trainers a choice if their desired race does not fill out.