Monday, January 5, 2015

What is a furlong?

A furlong is 1/8th of a mile. Traditionally flat races for Thoroughbreds and Arabians are measured in furlongs. (Those for stock horses are generally measured in yards).

The overall distance, for example, might be given as 1 1/8 mile OR 9 furlongs, and the track is generally marked for timing purposes with furlong poles.

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