horse race


Definition of horse race

: a close contest (as in politics)

Examples of horse race in a Sentence

The election is sure to become a horse race by early summer.
Recent Examples on the Web That gave us a great view of one of the greatest horse races in history: Affirmed winning the Triple Crown. Bruce Jenkins,, "The Sporting Green’s readers tell us their favorite sports memories," 16 May 2020 This year eight elite turtles will square off instead, as the annual horse race had to be rescheduled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "The Kentucky Derby isn't happening on Saturday, but a turtle race is," 2 May 2020 Even for someone who only watches one horse race a year, not having a Kentucky Derby this spring will resonate as one of those moments that marks the strangeness of living through the COVID-19 pandemic. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "With no Kentucky Derby, horse racing turns its gaze to Arkansas," 2 May 2020 Triple Crown horse racing announcer Larry Collmus will call the race from the comfort of his home. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "The Kentucky Derby isn't happening on Saturday, but a turtle race is," 2 May 2020 In March, The New York Racing Association suspended horse racing at Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens after a worker who cared for the animals tested positive for the coronavirus. Joe Drape, New York Times, "With No Kentucky Derby, Live and Virtual Substitutes Emerge," 2 May 2020 The federal government suspended horse racing nationwide for most of the first half of the year before World War II ended in early May, but not in time to hold the first leg of the Triple Crown that month. CBS News, "Kentucky Derby postponed until September due to coronavirus," 17 Mar. 2020 Santa Anita Derby winner Justify, trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, went on to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes and become horse racing’s 13th Triple Crown winner that year., "Baylor men, women both ranked No. 2 in college basketball polls," 13 Jan. 2020 The Illinois Racing Board’s move came at the end of a routine hearing to set horse racing dates for 2020. David Heinzmann,, "Horse racing board plays hardball with Arlington over ‘racino,’ threats to move," 17 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of horse race

1954, in the meaning defined above

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21 May 2020

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“Horse race.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of horse race

: an event in which horses race and people bet on which horse will win
chiefly US : a close contest

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