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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.

coverMore Old Friends by Barbara Livingston. A collection of 175 photographs featuring retired racers as they are today on the farm. A wonderful book anyone would enjoy.

coverGreatest Kentucky Derby Upsets by staff of Blood Horse Publications. The story of twelve horses, unlikely winners that defied their longshot odds to wear the garland of roses.

coverRuffian DVD - This is the original movie produced by ESPN. It tells the story of Ruffian's life and death fairly accurately. The last part dealing with her breakdown and death may be too intense for some viewers. Extras on the DVD include nearly all her races along with a documentary and interviews with her connections.

coverAt 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.

coverSecretariat Beanie Baby - a cute and inexpensive gift for kids or fans alike.

coverHorse Racing Coast to Coast: The Traveler's Guide to the Sport of Kings by Michael Walmsley and Marlene Smith-Baranzini. A travel guide to racetracks in North America with where to stay and eat plus other tourist locations nearby.

coverSeabiscuit Christmas Ornament about 6 inches long and very detailed.

American Racing Manual 2007 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 2007.
Horse Race Board Game - For those who prefer a more traditional game, this is the official board game of the Kentucky Derby and is great for large groups. Comes with Game Board, Fun Money, Horse Cards, Dice, Plastic Racehorses, and Game Instructions. For 6 or More Players, Ages 8 and Up.

Derby Day DVD Game - Experience the thrill of the horses' parade around the paddock before the race, place your bets using on-screen statistics for guidance and follow your lucky horse from the game to the finish line. Game includes: Derby Day DVD, Derby Day Play Money, Bookie's Board and Marker Pen. For two or more players.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Jewelry

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.

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.

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.

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.

abebooks.com - 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.

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.

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 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 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.

Collectibles and Souvenirs

Breeders' Cup Merchandise
All kinds of Breeders' Cup souvenir merchandise from the official Breeders' Cup store plus has their 2008 horse racing calendar.

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.

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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