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Blog entry  1  selection of sire and dam     To  produce  a  success  Standardbred  race  horse  you  first  need  to  find  a  Sire  and  Dam.   The  Sire  is  the  Stallion  and  the  Dam  is  the  mare.       The  way  these  Legends  and  Success  Standardbred  rase  horses  are  produced  is  to   first  find  a  Sire  and  Dame,  which  is  the  stallion  and  mare.         Harness  racing  almost  started  200  hundred  years  ago     It  originally  started  to  see  who  could  go  the  fastest  it  started  in  the  back  roads  of  the   country  and  then  moved  onto  county  fairs  the  name  standardbred  comes  from  the   time  standard  in  a  trot  or  pace  mile       In  order  to  qualifie  for  a  race  in  a  trot  or  pace  mile  you  had  to  have  a  standard  time   and  that  is  how  the  sport  go  its  name  Standardbred  Harness  racing            

Action: Trotting and pacing are balanced gaits; the horse in action should appear well balanced front to back. Their trot seems huge compared to other light saddle breeds, with fairly close hock action and the hind legs moving well up underneath the horse. Although Standardbreds are known for their racing gaits, they do canter and this gait should also be balanced and free-flowing. The "pace" is peculiar to this breed. Whereas a trotting horse moves its legs in diagonal pairs, the pacer (or sidewheeler) moves its legs in lateral pairs similar to a camel. The pace can be easily retrained as a "rack".

HARNESS RACING begins in America, where racing trotting horses over country roads became a popular rural pastime by the end of the 18th century. The first tracks for harness racing were constructed in the first decade of the 19th century, and by 1825 harness racing was an institution at hundreds of country fairs across the nation.

With the popularity of harness racing came the development of the STANDARDBRED, a horse bred specifically for racing under harness. The founding sire of all Standardbreds is an English Thoroughbred named Messenger, who was brought to the United States in 1788. Messenger was bred to both pure Thoroughbred and mixed breed mares, and his descendants were rebred until these matings produced a new breed with endurance, temperament, and anatomy uniquely suited to racing under harness. This new breed was called the Standardbred, after the practice of basing all harness-racing speed records on the "standard" distance of one mile. Harness racing reached the early zenith of its popularity in the late 1800s, with the establishment of a Grand Circuit of major fairs. The sport sharply declined in popularity after 1900, as the automobile replaced the horse and the United States became more urbanized. In 1940, however, Roosevelt Raceway in New York introduced harness racing under the lights with pari-mutuel betting. This innovation sparked a rebirth of harness racing, and today its number of tracks and number of annual races exceed those of Thoroughbred racing. The sport is also popular in most European countries, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. Â

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