Horse Racing Games
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Horse racing is one of the greatest sports on earth, and there have been several attempts to produce great horse racing board and card games. Here is a listing, in no particular order, of those that I've come across.

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1. Board Game: TurfMaster [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:928]
Robert Martin
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Atlanta
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TurfMaster is certainly one of the most elegant horse racing games, both in terms of gameplay and presentation. It focuses on the tactical aspects of jockeying the horses. Players uses cards and dice to move the horses and are restricted by a clever handicapping system. There is no betting in this game. The components are top-notch, including hand-painted metal horses, one set of color-coded dice and cards for each of 8 players, and even plastic hedges for the horses to jump over. Additionally, two extra courses are available as an expansion pack.
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2. Board Game: The Really Nasty Horse Racing Game [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:2436]
Robert Martin
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This was one of my very first games after I got into the hobby. Aside from being a great beer and pretzels racing/betting game, it manages to nicely capture the atmosphere of a day at the track. This one also has superb components including large plastic hand-painted horses, pencils, dice, and a dry-erase board for calculating the odds.
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3. Board Game: Win, Place & Show [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:1584]
Robert Martin
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The 3M classic. I've owned this game for a long time, but never actually played an entire game of it. It attempts to simulate many aspects of the sport, from the purchasing of horses, to the training, to the betting, to the jockeying. Nasty Horses has always overshadowed this one for me in terms of fun, but this is probably a better simulation.
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4. Board Game: Winner's Circle [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:510]
Robert Martin
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Reiner Knizia's updated version of Turf Horse Racing. It seems to have quite a following. Definitely a "Germanized" horse racing game.
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5. Board Game: Turf Horse Racing [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:4956]
Robert Martin
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Knizia's first horse racing game that has evolved to become Royal Turf. The concensus seems to be that Royal Turf is the better game.
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6. Board Game: Royal Steeple Chase [Average Rating:9.00 Unranked]
Robert Martin
United States
Atlanta
Georgia
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This beautiful game apparently was released in the late 1930's in France. Anyone have some more information on it?
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7. Board Game: Rennfieber [Average Rating:4.93 Unranked]
Robert Martin
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Rennfieber - looks like a fairly standard horse-racing game.
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8. Board Game: Derby [Average Rating:6.13 Overall Rank:7584]
Robert Martin
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An odd looking little horse racing game where the horses have been apparently compressed into little blocks. Poor little horses.
 
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9. Board Game: Win Place Show [Average Rating:6.29 Unranked]
Robert Martin
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Similar in name to Win, Place, & Show by 3M, but this is a different game altogether. It's a zero-sum betting game in which the horses' movement is controlled by the dice.
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10. Board Game: And They're Off! [Average Rating:6.20 Overall Rank:8040]
Robert Martin
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In a strange twist, we have a game here that was designed by Andrew Lloyd Weber - yes <u>that</u> one. So the question is, is this game as good as <i>The Phantom of the Opera</i>, or is it as bad as <i>Cats</i>? Or is it somewhere in between?
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11. Board Game: Ave Caesar [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:835]
Robert Martin
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Now we break in to the chariot racing games. This one concentrates mostly on the "honorable" aspects of historical chariot racing - namely running the fastest race. Don't forget to throw a coin to Caesar!
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12. Board Game: Circus Maximus [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:1163]
Robert Martin
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Atlanta
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This one could apparently be called <u>The Really Nasty Chariot Racing Game</u>. Spiked wheels and horse whips included. Avalon Hill really should have re-released this as a deluxe version along with Cosmic Encounter, Acquire, et al.
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13. Board Game: Circus Minimus [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:3676]
Robert Martin
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Atlanta
Georgia
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A stripped down version of Circus Maximus. Sadly, it was apparently not successful in its goal of making a better game of the original.
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14. Board Game: Totopoly [Average Rating:5.98 Overall Rank:4897]
Robert Martin
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Atlanta
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A bizarre little game that looks like they tried to combine a Monopoly-style board with a race track...
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15. Board Game: Auf Trab im Sulkydrom [Average Rating:4.90 Unranked]
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There was a question on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire about trap racing. 'Sulky!' I shouted 'Sulky! The answer's Sulky! I know cos I've got a german game about it.'
Sadly I was only watching the telly not actually playing.
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16. Board Game: They're at the Post [Average Rating:6.75 Unranked]
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The UK edition was linked to the Daily Mirror newspaper and had the voice Noel Whitcomb.
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17. Board Game: Grand National Derby [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:5440]
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The most challenging steeplechase around, 40+ horses on a long long course with the biggest hardest jumps. So challenging it regularly kills a few of the horses.
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18. Board Game: Ben Hurt [Average Rating:5.59 Overall Rank:8188]
Bill Koens
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Watsonville
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If you are including chariot racing games, don't forget this Cheapass offering. Certainly not the best of the bunch, but fun once in a while if you tweak the rules a bit: deal out the cards and race!
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19. Board Game: Lose Your Shirt [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:5762]
Anthony Simons
United Kingdom
Royal Wootton Bassett
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An excellent race game which can get quite cutthroat. Players back a horse then play out their hands to get their horse past the winning post first.
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20. Board Game: Favoriten [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:4101]
david mackay
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A surprisingly entertaining little game given the basic die-chucking mechanism. The quirky graphics add to the appeal
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21. Board Game: Across the Board [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:6447]
Randy Cox
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Clemson
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I played "Across the Board" once and enjoyed it. Later on, found out a local gamer had a copy in his attic--it's mine now. If only I could get around to playing it again.
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22. Board Game: National Velvet [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
Jim Pulles
Canada
Regina
Saskatchewan
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A horse racing game from the 60s based on a popular television show (which, in turn, was based on a movie). Players must first train their horses in the paddock and then race them in a steeplechase.
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23. Board Game: APBA American Saddle Racing [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:7419]
Alfonzo Smith
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Hawthorne
California
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This one is a lot of work. All you are given is a lot of statistics. You have to set up the races and odds before the game begins.
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24. Board Game: Stretch Run [Average Rating:5.75 Overall Rank:8326]
Robert Martin
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Atlanta
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Front Porch Classics has given their usual deluxe treatment to the horse racing genre. The game board doubles as the wooden top of the box and the horses are cast of pewter. Supposedly it's a halfway decent game, unlike many of their other games.
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25. Board Game: Escalado [Average Rating:5.83 Overall Rank:8504]
Robert Martin
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Atlanta
Georgia
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The horses actually race in this one - thanks to a vibrating metal table similar to those used in the old football games we all used to play. Originally published in 1929, this one has apparently been reissued.
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