Pacing is a form of horse racing in which the horses race with both left legs and both right legs tied together. This ensures that both legs on the same side move in unison. This differs from trotting, where the legs diagonally opposite each other move in the same direction at the same time. Those horses that compete in pacing are called standardbreds, wheras horses that run in mainstream Australian horse racing events are known as thorughbreds.
Pacing dominates the Australian Harness Racing Industry with over 600 major events held throughout the year as well as midweek and weekend minor races. Often regarded as the more complicated gait compared to trotting, pacing is much quicker and is also worth a lot more money. Found in all states across the country and in New Zealand, the pacing industry’s biggest event is the Inter Dominion worth $1 million in prize money.
Betting is available on almost all pacing events, with the races providing punters with a great opportunity to be part of the race day action. Bets such as wins, quinellas, trifectas and first fours are available to be placed on pacing meetings.
While many are purely interested in pacing for the betting aspects, there are many racing enthusiasts which dedicate their lives to this thrilling sport. Whether they are drivers, trainers, owners or just dedicated followers, people can be found at the many tracks across the country including the superb Gloucester Park and Tabcorp Parks in both Victoria and New South Wales.