The Thoroughbred is bred to carry weight with speed over extended distances. A selective breeding process has been going on for more than 300 years and has resulted in excellence on the racetrack.
Brief History
Breed Characteristics
The average Thoroughbred is a little over 16 hands. It's appearance shows it's Arabian ancestry. Thoroughbreds have widely spaced, intelligent eyes and long necks. The withers are high, resulting in an evenly curved back. The shoulder is deep, muscular, and slopped.Their legs are long. Thier coats may be bay, dark bay, chestnut, black, or gray. Roans are seen rarely. White markings are often found on the face and legs.
Twentieth Century Champions
Twentieth Century Champions include: Colin, Exterminator, Man o' War, Equipoise, Count Fleet, Citation, Native Dancer, Kelso, Secretariat, Forego, Seattle Slew, Affirmed, and Cigar.