harness racing


: the sport of racing standardbred horses harnessed to 2-wheeled sulkies

Examples of harness racing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Miller, who is in his sixties, had owned a trail-riding business in coastal Mississippi until a friend advised him to upgrade to harness racing, a sport that makes use of what are essentially chariots. Paige Williams, The New Yorker, 2 Oct. 2023 Among the activities to be featured Wednesday are harness racing, a culinary competition and more. Beacon-News Staff, Chicago Tribune, 5 Sep. 2023 One of harness racing’s most esteemed families is hoping for a fifth Hambletonian victory Saturday with trotter Winner’s Bet in the $1-million competition. Naaima Abd-Elhameed, BostonGlobe.com, 4 Aug. 2023 Competitions, livestock judging, harness racing, tractor pull, bull riding, drag racing, demolition derby, monster truck show, midway rides and games. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 17 July 2023 However, given the extreme temperatures in the summer, only one turf course at the fairs and a contract for harness racing at Cal-Expo, the California Authority of Racing Fairs has many obstacles to overcome before that can become a reality. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 26 July 2023 At one point, the property had been considered the site of a combination harness racing track and casino, or racino. Mike Nolan, Chicago Tribune, 27 June 2023 Herve Filion becomes the first harness racing driver to win 10,000 races. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 25 May 2023 But the shortened, splintered season, which will alternates between thoroughbred and harness racing, means some owners will leave for out of state and may not come back. Robert McCoppin, chicagotribune.com, 2 Apr. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1901, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of harness racing was in 1901

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“Harness racing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/harness%20racing. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

harness racing

: the sport of racing horses that are harnessed to two-wheeled vehicles

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