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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A horse bred and trained to race.

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  • n. A horse which competes in races.

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  • n. a horse bred for racing

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  • "...if Dan Patch ever lost—and every trainer will tell you that if your horse keeps racing, he will lose (stuff happens: ankles twist; horses drop dead in front of you; shoes fly off; protesting suffragettes swarm onto the track; you just never know)—he would perforce no longer be 'The Undefeated Dan Patch'..."
    —Charles Leerhsen, Crazy Good: The True Story of Dan Patch (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2008), 253

    October 28, 2008

  • The H.M.S. Racehorse was listed as a "transport" captured at Yorktown in 1781.

    October 29, 2007