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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.

Items purchased through the links in this section help to support this site and don't cost you a penny extra, so please use them when you buy. Thank you for your support! For my gift to you, check out my Christmas contest.

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.

coverMan O'War by Cooper and Treat. A great book that has been out of print for decades and was finally reprinted again this year. A must have!

coverHandicapping 101 by Brad Free. A great introduction to several different handicapping techniques for the novice to intermediate handicapper. Perfect for someone trying to learn how to handicap.

coverSeabiscuit Christmas Ornament about 6 inches long. War Admiral is also available so you can have your own match race on your tree. Also new this year are Secretariat and Sir Barton.

coverDead Man's Touch by Kit Ehrman. A mystery novel that takes place on the backside of a Maryland racetrack.

coverGallop Racer 2004 is the latest in this series of excellent horse racing simulation games for Sony PlayStation2. There is also another game which you can play on your PC Final Stretch-Horse Racing Sim that you may want to check out if you don't have a PlayStation.

coverSeabiscuit Movie comes in 4 versions, a special edition 2 disc DVD, widescreen DVD, full screen DVD, and VHS tape. A must have for any racing fan.

Buy at Art.comTriumph is one of a series of four inspirational prints from Daily Racing Form which are perfect for any office. Also available are Determination, Perseverance, and Success.

coverPrancing Secretariat bobblehead is the latest from Secretariat.com and is limited to 5000 pieces. Available signed or unsigned, he is quite reasonable at $24.95.

coverAmerican Racing Manual 2004 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 2005.

cover2005 Racing Calendar featuring some of my photos from the races of 2004.

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!

Catalog Sites

Back in the Saddle
All kinds of horse related gifts, clothing, and more.

Collector's Gallery
All types of horse racing and equine gifts including clothing, jewelry, prints and original art.

Equestrian Dreams
All kinds of horse related gift items.

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.

Exclusively Equine
Books, photos, prints, videos, and more from the Blood Horse.

The Gifthorse
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.

Jockey Club Interiors
Quality furnishings, jewelry, and gifts for horse enthusiasts.

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.

ReRun Christmas Shop
Buy a gift and help support this ex-racehorse rescue organization. Clothing, mugs, and more.

Santa Anita Gift Shop
Items of all types from their Champions! gift shop. Very nice selection.

Secretariat.com
All kinds of products related to Secretariat plus other racing items.

Jewelry

Collector's Gallery
Their jewelry section.

Dotti and Company
All types of equestrian jewelry and also framed equestrian art. Lots of neat racing related items.

O'Neals Jewelry
Cameo, 14kt, and sterling silver equine and racing related jewelry.

SportsWatches.Com
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 and Photos

Action Games
Offers Quarter Pole and Hooves of Thunder games plus vintage art and stained glass creations.

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
Large graphics so it might be a slow download, but 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.

Equine Photo-Art
Stylized photographs of famous horses by photographer Nancy Rokos

Field Galleries UK
Beautiful English racing prints by Sue Wingate. Also has some Christmas cards, worth a look.

Fur Sure
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.

Books, Videos, and Games

Cindy's Book Store
The latest horse racing books, most with reviews.

Action Games
Offers Quarter Pole and Hooves of Thunder games plus vintage art and stained glass creations.

Countryman's Horse Books
Used, rare, and collectible horse books, including horse racing and breeding.

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.

Exclusively Equine
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
This excellent horse racing simulation video game for Sony PlayStation2 is the latest in a series of 4 different versions.

GI Jockey 3
Another great horse racing simulation game for Sony PlayStation2.

Gamblers Book Club
Large selection of thoroughbred and harness racing books available via mail order. Click the "COME ON IN" link to view the books.

The Horse Information Center
Russell Meerdink Co., a publisher and seller of equine related books, videos, and other merchandise.

Thoroughbred Legends
Biographies of famous race horses.

Winsports Shopping Mall
Horse racing and handicapping books, videos, and software from the publishers of American Turf Monthly plus various other mechandise.

Collectibles and Souvenirs

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.

Equestrian bronzes and collectibles
Antique and collectible dealer in Maryland who sells reproduction bronzes and horse racing collectibles. Has a neat Man O'War mousepad!

Impressions of Saratoga
Officially licensed collectibles for Saratoga and the Triple Crown races.

The Model Equestrian
Resin, porcelain, and bronze figurines of famous horses.

Thoroughbred Traditions
All kinds of officially licensed Breeders' Cup and Derby souvenir merchandise

US Trotting Association Giftware
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.


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