The rolling thunder of hooves and the smell of freshly overturned soil ignite the senses. As the equine contestants forge their way down the track toward the backstretch, the echoes of their flight join in the cacophony of the cheering stadium. The race has begun! The spectacle of horse racing is almost as old as foot racing and was considered the most prestigious of competitions in the Olympic games. Due to the cost of owning, transporting, and training a horse, the race was limited to the wealthy, however, men, women, and even cities could be declared the winner if their horse finished first. The races consisted of upwards of fifty participants racing one set up at a time; either four horse chariots, two horse…