William Whitley,of Stanford,Kentucky started racing horses counter clock wise in protest to the English.Becausethe English race there horses clock wise. This was started in 1788
Why in Australia do some states race clock-wise and others counter-clockwise
Just about every circular sport runs counterclockwise-horse racing, NASCAR, baseball. Why? Who knows? Though most believe it was probably an arbitrary decision and tradition that started with the chariot races at Rome's Circus Maximus stadium in the sixth century BC, experts in biomechanics think there also may be some coincidental physiological benefits. Most people are right-leg dominant, so they use their left leg more for support. When running counterclockwise, you'll take longer strides with your right leg-which allows for more propulsion and speed on the turns.
Source: http://www.womens-running.com/article/0,7120,s6-238-244--11413-0,00.html ____________ We run counterclockwise because everything in nature tends towards counterclockwise motion"
because we read from left to right.
Going counterclockwise just looks more natural, with runners passing the observer in the
way most people, and especially the folks in charge of track and field regulations, read
and organize chronological time (that's left-to-right, if you're in need of a visual).
Needing to choose one for the sake of standardizing international competitions,
counterclockwise got the collective nod.
Melbourne (where they race left-handed, or counter-clockwise)Why does some states race clock-wise and other states race counter-clockwise? I was once told that it may go back to the goldrush when Americans came here. Americans run their horses in the opposite direction to the English and some states stayed with the English way and some like Victoria where there were a lot of American miners adopted the American way. Not sure if it is true or not but at least it seems plausible.
Horses are raced both clockwise and counterclockwise in Australia. The decision to run horses counterclockwise in the US dates to the American Revolution era. In 1780, the first circular US race track was established by William Whitley near his home in Lincoln County, Kentucky. A staunch supporter of the Revolution, Whitley insisted that horses race counterclockwise, as opposed to clockwise as was the custom at the time in England. Some but not all American tracks followed the change immediately. Belmont was run clockwise from its opening until 1921. Today about 30% to 40% of English horse racing is now counterclockwise like all horse racing in the US.
In ancient times, Greeks created tracks for horse racing called Hippodromes. Romans designed tracks based off of the Hippodrome called a Circus, which was slightly narrower and accommodated 4 horses instead of 10. Our modern horse race tracks are usually designed after the Greek Hippodromes so modern tracks may be considered a Hippodrome.
Arabians have their own racing circuit. Most races are held at Thoroughbred race tracks across the world. The races typically are done on dirt, some on grass, they range from 4 furlongs to 1 3/4 miles, with 6 furlongs being average. Depending on where the horses live will depend on if they go clockwise or counter clockwise around the track. They can begin racing at the age of 3 years and run once every 2 to 3 weeks on average.
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