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Shopping online is one of the easiest and most convenient ways to get all your holiday shopping finished early. No waiting in lines, no parking hassles, and they deliver to you or to the recipient! If you are looking for that perfect horsey gift, here are some ideas and places to shop that should make your life easier this Christmas.
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Still totally lost and haven't a clue what you should get? Here are some of my personal picks for a great gift for a horse racing fan.
Horse Racing's Greatest Rivalries from Blood Horse Publications. This lavishly illustrated book explores the legendary match-ups between racing stars such as Affirmed & Alydar; Dr. Fager & Damascus; and Street Sense, Hard Spun, & Curlin.
Bet With The Best 2: Longshots by Editors of the Daily Racing Form. This second installment builds on knowledge gained in the first book by focusing on uncovering longshot plays.
Kentucky Derby Greatest Moments - This new DVD features original archival film footage of some of the most memorable runnings of the Kentucky Derby including War Admiral, Citation, Affirmed, Barbaro, and Secretariat.
Halter Plate Belt from Quillin Leather and Tack with a custom engraved name plate just like on a horse halter in brown, burgundy, or black leather. Free key tag special for Christmas.
Fix Six by Noel Michaels. This novel brings up just about every crooked thing ever done in racing and weaves it into an interesting and humorous work of fiction.
Secretariat Beanie Baby - a cute and inexpensive gift for kids or fans alike.
The First Saturday in May DVD - An award winning documentary film directed by John and Brad Hennigan which follows six horses and their connections on their journey to the 2006 Kentucky Derby won by Barbaro. Only $19.95!
American Racing Manual 2008 from Daily Racing Form is a great compilations of statistics, race charts, articles, and more. For a cheaper alternative that limits the historical data to the last 10 years, check out the Thoroughbred Times Racing Almanac 2008. The Best of the Widener Collection - This new book from Blood Horse Publications showcases over 200 photographs from racing's golden era, featuring rare and historic photographs from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries some that have never been published before.
At The Track Throw Blanket - a lovely thoroughbred racing design with both old fashioned sepia photos and color photos. Really pretty and sure to be appreciated by any racing fan.
If you just want to browse for different items, here are a bunch of sites that sell all kinds of horse racing related items, broken out by category. Happy hunting!
Back in the Saddle
All kinds of horse related gifts, clothing, and more.
All types of horse racing and equine gifts including clothing, jewelry, prints and original art.
Exceller Fund Gift Shop
Clothing, mugs, and mouse pads with Exceller on them plus other gift items for sale or auction. Buy gifts and help rescue horses at the same time.
Books, photos, prints, videos, and more from the Blood Horse.
Silks Del Mar
Clothing, art, jewelry, and more from the giftshop at Del Mar.
Horse and Hound
Nice selection of high quality decorative items with a racing or equestrian theme.
Kentucky Derby Museum Gift Shop
All types of Derby and other horse racing items.
The Paddock Room
A great store in Ocala with all kinds of horse and horse racing related items from clothing to jewelry to prints.
Party Kits & Equestrian Gifts
All kinds of gift items from clothing to jewelry to Kentucky Derby souvenirs and collectibles.
Quillen Leather & Tack
Besides tack they have other gift items like belts, key tags, etc. with name plates like on horse halters.
Santa Anita Gift Shop
Items of all types from their Champions! gift shop. Very nice selection.
All kinds of products related to Secretariat plus other racing items.
Dotti and Company
All types of equestrian jewelry and also framed equestrian art. Lots of neat racing related items.
Cameo, 14kt, and sterling silver equine and racing related jewelry.
Nice watches with a thoroughbred or a harness horse on the face, can be personalized too.
Thoroughbred Horse Enamel Pins
Enamel pins of famous horses of the 1800's.
Art.com - all types of art and posters, framed or unframed, including a large selection of horse racing items.
The Art of Thomas Pauly
Lovely prints from Seabiscuit to Secretariat or even racing silks from this excellent Chicago artist.
Cortez Saratoga Collection
Beautiful fine art prints by artist Jeness Cortez. Rather slow to download because of the heavy graphics but worth the wait.
Doug Prather Prints Kentucky Collection
Shows some gorgeous pictures! Also with a nice selection of holiday cards and a calendar.
Equineart Presents Fred Stone
Posters and prints of famous racers by the great equine artist plus his annual calendar.
Stylized photographs of famous horses by photographer Nancy Rokos
In addition to their other merchandise, they have a very large collection of photos available.
Field Galleries UK
Beautiful English racing prints by Sue Wingate. Also has some Christmas cards, worth a look.
Greeting cards (including Christmas), art, posters, and giftware.
Lafayette Ragsdale Watercolor Artist
A selection of prints with several racing ones available.
Thoroughbred Memories "Gallery of Champions"
Beautiful photos to view or purchase. Many famous horses of the past and present are shown.
Cindy's Book Store
The latest horse racing books from Amazon.com.
abebooks.com - A great place to find older or out-of-print books
American Turf Monthly Store
Horse racing and handicapping books, videos, and software plus various other mechandise.
Daily Racing Form
Books, videos, CDROMs, and DRF logo clothing and accessories.
Equine Research, Inc.
Books and videos, mostly veterinary or general horse info but some are on racing and breeding.
Photos, books, videos, and reference material from the Blood Horse.
Final Stretch-Horse Racing Sim - a horse racing simulation game for Windows XP/ME/98/2000 computer systems.
Gallop Racer 2006
This excellent horse racing simulation video game for Sony PlayStation2 is the latest in a series of 5 different versions.
GI Jockey 3
Another great horse racing simulation game for Sony PlayStation2.
Gamblers Book Shop
Large selection of books on thoroughbred and harness racing plus many other types of gambling available via mail order.
The Horse Information Center
Russell Meerdink Co., a publisher and seller of equine related books, videos, and other merchandise. They have a very good thoroughbred racing section and nice Christmas cards.
Stable Master Tycoon 2
A great horse racing simulation game for your PC.
Breeders' Cup Merchandise
All kinds of Breeders' Cup souvenir merchandise from the official Breeders' Cup store.
The Derby Glass Page
Horse racing collectibles with an emphasis on glassware.
Richard Stone Reeves prints
Antique and collectible dealer in Maryland who has several of these signed and numbered prints to sell.
Impressions of Saratoga
Officially licensed collectibles for Saratoga and the Triple Crown races.
All kinds of officially licensed Breeders' Cup and Derby souvenir merchandise
US Trotting Association Gift Shop
Christmas cards, shirts, mugs, and caps for the harness racing fan.
Good luck with your holiday shopping! I hope these suggestions and links help you find just the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Get started now so you can relax and enjoy the holiday season.