With January just a month away, it’ll soon be time for the next generation of potential champions to be born. It makes us fervent horse racing fans excited. At Ellis Park Racing, we feel it’s time now to explain how a champion racehorse is made.

But before we get into the nitty-gritty of horse breeding and racehorse facts, we feel it’s important to discuss the two most important factors needed to create a champion: a stallion and a dam. In this week’s racehorse trivia, we’ll start with the stallion.

What is a Stallion?

A stallion is a male horse that has not been gelded. A stallion’s purpose is to breed and compete in upper levels of equine competitions, such as thoroughbred horseracing and Olympic-level horse dressage.

Characteristics of a stallion

Due to their hormonal-induced behavior, stallions can need constant handling and training by a veteran horse trainer. If left to their own devices, stallions can become unruly and aggressive to other horses and people. If trained, however, most stallions have the strength and endurance to perform a variety of tasks whether for working purposes or highly disciplined practices such as horse dressage.

Stallions are typically separated from other horses and have their own pen, or they are put together with other stallions to form a stallion herd. Only when it’s breeding season are stallions and other horses put together. Other characteristics of stallions include:

  • More aggressive than females and geldings
  • Cresty neck
  • Protects the herd in wild
  • Stronger than geldings
  • Prone to challenging

Interested in Seeing a Horse Race in Kentucky?

If you’re crazy about horses, come down to Ellis Park Racing. We have historical horse racing machines, delicious food and live horse racing throughout the year.  We also release information about horses from time to time.


Come down to Ellis Park Racing and raise the stakes!