Today’s racehorses run an average of seven races per year. The chart at the top of this post is from the Jockey club, the governing body of Thoroughbred racing.
How many racehorses are there?
The range would be between 165,799 and 248,698 living Thoroughbreds in the United States. Even if one were to significantly change the assumptions used in the forgoing calculations, the total number of Thoroughbreds in the United States is far less than 1.1 million.
How many horse races are there in the UK each year?
Every year in Great Britain, around 10,000 horse races take place at well over 1,000 race meetings.
Do they kill race horses?
The Thoroughbred-racing industry sends an estimated 10,000 horses to slaughter annually, meaning that half of the 20,000 new foals born each year will eventually be killed for their flesh.