RACE TIMES

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This chart shows 10-year av­er­ages of win­ning race times for top-class races of var­i­ous lengths. Although win­ning times dropped across the board from the mid19th cen­tury to about 1990, they have now stalled. The ini­tial de­crease was prob­a­bly due at least as much to im­prove­ments in track con­di­tions as to bet­ter breed­ing or ad­vances in train­ing. In­di­vid­ual per­for­mances by Sec­re­tariat, Amer­i­can Pharoah and Jus­tify are marked (re­vised af­ter Cun­ning­ham, 1991).

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