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Okay, my first bold statement of the slide show, here it is, horse racing is not a sport. You can bet on it all you want, and good luck to you, I personally love to go for the underdogs, 50-1? Put $5 down why not? But it's NOT a sport.
It's a guy on a horse, "racing" against other guys on horses. Now here's the difference between Polo and Horse Racing.
In Polo, the athlete is a guy on the horse, with a long handled mallet, batting a ball trying to score against a team's goal posts, the horse is necessary, but it is only an accessory to the main aspect, a player helping his team score.
While Horse Racing is horses racing against each other and the jockey, the small guy on the horse is the accessory and all he really does is steer the horse and paddle his butt sometimes to startle the horse to gallop faster, the horses are technically the main aspect and the main players.
Last time I checked, people don't bet on the jockey, and the jockeys don't have ratings...or do they? It's the conditioning of the horse that matters.
Likewise in car racing, it's largely the car that matters, although I'm not going to get into whether I thing car racing is a sport I'll say this, a great engine and wheels often makes the difference in who wins, take from that what you will.