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Be sure to enter my Christmas contest to win your choice of the book Race Day, a Spot on the Rail with Max Watman, the DVD 2004 the Year in Pictures from, a Jerry Bailey Saratoga bobblehead, or an 8x10 of my Eclipse Award winning photo. Closes December 18th.

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.

coverBelmont Park: A Century of Champions featuring paintings by Richard Stone Reeves. Sadly we lost Mr. Reeves this year. He is one of the best equine artists ever and one of my personal favorites. This was his last book and one every racing fan should have.

coverBetting on Horse Racing For Dummies by Richard Eng. A great introduction to horse racing as well as handicapping and wagering. Perfect gift for a new fan.

coverSeattle Slew Christmas Ornament about 6 inches long. Also available are Secretariat, Seabiscuit, War Admiral, and Sir Barton. I just picked up 3 of these and the detail is just stunning.

coverHorseplayers: Life at the Track by Ted McClelland. An interesting look as some of the more seedy characters who inhabit the racetracks of Chicago.

coverGallop Racer 2004 is the latest in this series of excellent horse racing simulation games for Sony PlayStation2. This game always gets good reviews from users and is supposed to be the best sim game available.

coverNTRA Breeders' Cup Video Game comes in both PS2 and XBox versions. You may be better off with Gallop Racer based on the user comments I have read. There is also Final Stretch-Horse Racing Sim which you can play on your PC that you may want to check out if you don't have a PlayStation. I have this one and found it an enjoyable time waster.

coverFamous Jockeys English Tobacco Cards is a lovely framed and matted set of 25 Famous Jockey English tobacco cards from 1910. Great for the racing memorabilia collector or just as a beautiful piece of art for your wall.

coverPeb Kentucky Derby Mural is a gorgeous 48" by 10" print titled "One Dream - A Thousand Colors" featuring all the Kentucky Derby winners and their jockeys. Includes a key to identify all the horses. Also available in an edition signed by all 3 living Triple Crown winning jockeys. Worth a click just to view it!

coverSecretariat Belmont Stakes Race Call t-shirt features the photo finish camera picture of his win on the front and the entire text of the race call on the back. A nice dark blue shirt with white print, this one is in my closet.

coverAmerican Racing Manual 2005 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 2006.
coverHorse Racing Charm is available in sterling silver, gold plated, or gold with prices starting at $26.00.

coverComplete Horse Racing Night is a game set that includes a DVD of real races, programs, betting tickets, play money, invitations, and more to host your own night at the races for your next party.

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. 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.


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.

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. - 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
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

Exclusively Equine
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.

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. - A great place to find older or out-of-print books

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. 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.

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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