Definitions

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

  • n. Any of an American breed of trotting and pacing horses developed especially for harness racing by crossing Thoroughbreds with Morgans and other breeds.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A breed of horse bred specifically for harness racing

Etymologies

standard +‎ bred (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • While the state currently breeds and races thoroughbred and standardbred horses (which are used in harness racing), the report took as a core assumption that the industry "cannot earn enough purse monies on its own to sustain two breeds in the state."

    N.J. Racing Fights for Its Future

  • The standardbred industry also contributed several million towards Monmouth's experiment.

    N.J. Racing Fights for Its Future

  • Pushing the issue, Mr. Christie earlier this month vetoed the schedules for standardbred racing and thoroughbred racing.

    New Bet on Meadowlands Race Track

  • That's the nickname given to a 9-year-old standardbred horse that a...

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • Coleman is a Canadian standardbred trainer who is finally poised to win the race on Thursday with a horse with the Utopian name in this world of Betterthancheddar.

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • One fellow will try to sell his plan to buy, race and sell a standardbred horse, all in 30 days.

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • That's the nickname given to a 9-year-old standardbred horse that a humane society says was left at a northeast Ohio store by an Amish teenager more than two months ago.

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  • For the past several years, Dr. Physick-Sheard has been conducting research into the effects of intense exercise on the heart rates and rhythms of racehorses - both standardbred and thoroughbred - at Woodbine and Mohawk racetracks in Ontario.

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • I also rode JB, a standardbred, at a showing event that highlighted former racers.

    NYT > Home Page

  • The [standardbred] horsemen might have the benefit of nine racing days, but with the closing of the backstretch facilities on May

    Maryland Daily Record

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  • Standardbreds are a breed of horse best known for their ability to race in harness at a trot or pace instead of under saddle at a gallop. Developed in North America, the breed is now recognized worldwide for its harness racing ability. They are solid, well-built horses with good dispositions that are also used under saddle for a variety of equestrian activities, particularly in the Midwest and eastern United States.
    _Wikipedia

    February 5, 2008