a contest of speed among horses that either are ridden by jockeys or pull sulkies and their drivers.
any formidable contest or competition: The primary election is expected to be a horse race among four opponents.
- horse racing, noun
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How to use horse race in a sentence
Lu likens the needed precision to a horse race where 100 horses run 100 kilometers and finish within a hair’s width of each other.New Quantum Computer in China Claims Quantum Advantage With Light | Jason Dorrier | December 6, 2020 | Singularity Hub
Swing states also become less expensive to poll, so those polls have proliferated and continued to feed interest in the horse race in key swing states.
This election cycle has felt less like a horse race than many past ones.The Election Podcast Trying to Get Everyone to Stop Listening | Fiona Zublin | October 29, 2020 | Ozy
The record for these quick polls is solid, if the numbers were decisive — there hasn't been much movement in the horse race after debates that voters saw as draws.
In terms of the horse race, that’s likely to give Democrats a small boost in these states, since Democrats are far more likely than Republicans to say they plan to vote by mail this year.Why Four Pivotal Swing States Likely Won’t Be Called On Election Night | Nathaniel Rakich (email@example.com) | September 25, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
The media is going to want a horse race, and it is going to create friction between the base and her record.Can This Ornery Socialist Spoil the Clinton Coronation? | David Freedlander | July 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Will Zara's horse win Britain's most famous horse race this weekend?
Germond, by the way, was always completely unapologetic about the horse race.
But he always did say, and said to me that day, that "there's smart horse race and dumb horse race," and he was right about that.
When you think about it, this makes sense—why bet on just one horse in a two-horse race?‘Rumsfeld’s Rules’ Review: Good Rules, Shame He Didn’t Follow Them | Dean Obeidallah | May 19, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Like a boil, such a horse race as this must burst some day, and it was reaching the acute stage.Scattergood Baines | Clarence Budington Kelland
When I went to a horse-race I used to fasten my mind on the signal, and tried to see beforehand the number of the winner.You Never Know Your Luck, Complete | Gilbert Parker
Often when a charge was ordered, a genuine horse-race followed, the swiftest steeds leading the way.
This day there was great thronging to Banstead Downs, upon a great horse-race and foot-race.Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete | Samuel Pepys
After the great horse race matters moved along smoothly for some time.Frank Merriwell's Races | Burt L. Standish