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or horse race  (hôrs′rās′)
1. A contest in which horses ridden by jockeys are raced against each other.
2. A closely fought contest or competition: "The election appears now to be a horse race" (New York Times).

horse′rac′ing n.
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References in classic literature ?
The only excesses indulged in by this temperate and exemplary people, appear to be gambling and horseracing. In these they engage with an eagerness that amounts to infatuation.
Pontellier himself had no particular leaning toward horseracing, and was even rather inclined to discourage it as a pastime, especially when he considered the fate of that blue-grass farm in Kentucky.
Manama, July 14 (BNA): Rashid Equestrian and Horseracing Club's Executive Director, Shaikh Salman bin Rashid Al Khalifa, announced that Bahrain will be officially organising its first-ever international horserace.
LADBROKES and Coral have extended their best-odds guaranteed offer to all over-the-counter bets on UK and Irish horseracing from today as the firms look to boost betting shop business in the face of the looming FOBT stake cut.
LAHORE -- The 10th Lahore Winter Meeting featuring two races for thoroughbreds and five other events in a card of seven races promises a keenly contested horseracing action at the Racecourse here on Sunday.
NNA - The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Beirut, under the patronage of its Ambassador Hamad Saeed Al-Shamsi and Beirut Governor Ziad Shebib, organized the Zayed 2018 Cup for Horseracing in the Park Beirut Square on Sunday.
The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) is the independent, government-recognised body responsible for the regulation of horse-racing.
The group said amounts wagered online by punters jumped 11% in the UK over the 17 weeks to April 25, although it saw mixed sporting results, with a strong year so far for horseracing but football returns lower than expected.
But it confirmed an expected hit of around PS5m to its online arm this year from the new 10% levy on its UK horseracing gross win to fund UK horseracing, which came into effect last month.
Summary: Creator of 'Freej' wants the UAE populace to get behind global horseracing operation
Now the University of Liverpool is hoping to capitalise on this local heritage by introducing a new MBA in oroughbred Horseracing Industries.