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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.

coverMan o' War: A Legend Like Lightning by Dorothy Ours. A great new telling of the story of Man o'War which is well researched and full of lots of historical facts you may not have known before.

coverExotic Betting: How to Make the Multihorse, Multirace Bets That Win Racing's Biggest Payoffs by Steven Crist. Not how to handicap, but how to use your selections to capitalize on the exotics.

coverAffirmed Christmas Ornament about 6 inches long. Also available is Secretariat. I have several of these and the detail is just stunning.

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.

Gallop Racer 2006 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.

coverBarbaro Beanie Baby - a cute and inexpensive gift for the Barbaro fan with part of the proceeds going to the Barbaro Fund. Wears his #8 Kentucky Derby saddle cloth and has the same markings as the real Barbaro.

Dreamer - Inspired By a True Story - This DVD is a great addition to any fan's collection. Very accurate racing details and a good, heart warming story. If you haven't seen this movie yet, you should.

Peb 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!

Secretariat Hooded Sweatshirt - varsity design says "Secretariat America's Horse" and 73. Sizes small to XXL.

American Racing Manual 2006 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.
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.

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 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.

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 plus has their 2007 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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