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  • n. A competitive race for horses carrying jockeys; often the subject of betting
  • n. An exciting and arduous competition (as in a political campaign).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a race by horses; a match of horses in running or trotting.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A race by horses; a match of horses in running.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a contest of speed between horses; usually held for the purpose of betting
  • v. compete in a horse race

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  • Another example of how life still has the odds stacked in its favor: All horse races could be won by cheetahs; that's why it calls them "horse" races, and limits them to equestrian entries.
    (Disturbing corollary that shouldn't be mentioned in polite city company: "If man's mind could make the rules it'd have a lot better chance.")

    --Jan Cox

    August 19, 2007