Would you go to work for nothing? More to the point, would you do so risking life and limb riding a horse in one of the world's toughest races?
He's created some of the world's highest-earning stage shows, so it's only fitting that Andrew Lloyd Webber will be in the limelight on the day of the planet's most expensive horse race.
Horse breeder José Risso on what makes the Peruvian Paso so unique. CNN's Francesca Cumani reports.
CNN's Francesca Cumani explores the country's horse racing industry.
The Gran Premio Latinoamerica has attracted the best horses from Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Perú -- all with a chance to realize the dreams of their owners.
As a jockey he spent his career guiding horses over the world's toughest fences.
An incident-packed final day at Cheltenham culminated in a no-less dramatic finale when outsider Lord Windermere captured the Gold Cup in heart-stopping fashion for trainer Jim Culloty and jockey Davy Russell.
It was billed as a clash between emerging jumps superstar Annie Power and one of the best staying hurdlers of all time, Big Buck's.
It was a case of déjà vu at Cheltenham on Wednesday as Ruby Walsh and Willie Mullins took the opening race for a second day in a row.
Flat racing has Royal Ascot; tennis has Wimbledon; football has the FA Cup.
How do you follow a phenomenon like Frankel?
How do you replace the adrenaline-filled emotion of scoring one of the greatest goals in World Cup history when your football career ends?
The English footballer turned horse owner opens the doors to his training yard. CNN's Amanda Davies reports.
It's like an imaginary movie momentarily on pause. Under a reddened English summer afternoon sky, taking center stage is Estimate, the royal horse that romped to victory at last year's Ascot Gold Cup.
CNN's Francesca Cumani meets Faleh Bogunaim -- a local rider who is making a name for himself.
CNN's Francesca Cumani explores how Qatar's royal family has impacted the global racing scene.
One of the world's most successful horse racing operations has undergone a major reshuffle in an attempt to close the stable door on a damaging doping scandal.
It's been a long time coming. A very long time. But S'manga Khumalo is proving that black jockeys can hold the whip hand in South Africa.
S'manga Khumalo talks about his life and career in the world of horse racing.
South African horse trainer Justin Snaith explains why a beach workout is the best preparation for race day.
It needed permission from the British monarch and has the potential to enrage traditionalists, but one of horse racing's most regal occasions has crossed the rubicon and will allow sponsorship branding for the first time in its 300-year history.
One of South Africa's richest families hopes to turn the country into a horse racing powerhouse.
Life's a beach for some of South Africa's best horses.
CNN's Francesca Cumani meets the first foreigner to own a stud farm in Japan.
CNN's Francesca Cumani reports on a family enterprise shaping the country's racing industry.
Rarely has an animal birth been more hotly anticipated but the equine answer to the Royal Baby has taken its first tentative steps at the home of racing, Newmarket in eastern England.
Francesca Cumani visits Tokyo as committed fans line up to secure the best positions at the long-running Arima Kinen race.
It was an international who's who of horse racing super powers: Japan, Great Britain, Ireland, France, the United States and a resurgent Germany were all represented in the start gate of this year's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
CNN's Francesca Cumani reports from the HK International Race, with a $9 million prize on the line.
CNN's Francesca Cumani meets Hong Kong-based Chris So who finally became a horse trainer earlier this year.
Francesca Cumani goes inside a Hong Kong laboratory where technicians monitor the integrity of horse racing.
Forget the Loch Ness Monster -- Scotland has a new pair of mythical beasts to lure curious tourists to its shores.
Even in retirement Black Caviar -- arguably Australia's most celebrated racehorse with 25 victories from 25 starts -- shows no sign of fading from the media glare.
They are being billed as the Jimmy Choos of horseshoes but it's more than just the design that will appeal to jockeys and trainers.
CNN's Francesca Cumani looks into the benefits of buying a horse in Singapore.
Francesca Cumani spends the day with Singapore trainer Laurie Laxon, the first trainer in Singapore to have 1000 winners.
The life of a jockey is far from glamorous -- a world away from the confines of the rarefied, hushed atmosphere of London's National Portrait Gallery.
It is a horse that most certainly meets with Royal approval but for now the Queen is happy for her filly Estimate to luxuriate in the grounds of her Sandringham estate.
If the global economy remains sluggish, a small corner of the British horse racing hub of Newmarket is very much bucking the trend.
He's broken nearly every bone in his body in one of the most exacting all sports -- on the way setting records for jump racing that many predict will never be surpassed -- but Thursday saw Northern Ireland's Tony McCoy reach a very special milestone.
Gai Waterhouse made history on Tuesday by becoming the first female Australian trainer to win the Melbourne Cup, the country's most prestigious horse race.
Australia looks to Europe for its racing horses, and Francesca Cumani finds out why
Francesca Cumani talks to Chris Waller about what it takes to be a successful horse trainer
A legend of the Melbourne Cup, Subzero remains busy even in retirement
He has been ridden by pop star Kylie Minogue, actor Hugh Jackman has performed cabaret on him in a casino and he had his life saved by the last Australian Prime Minister.
After an unbeaten career and a Vogue cover, Australia's most celebrated horse now has a bronze statue in her honor.
Qatari Sheikh Joann Al Thani has broken the world record paid for a yearling filly by splashing out $8.38 million for a daughter of 2001 Epsom Derby winner Galileo at the Tattersalls bloodstock auction in Newmarket, eastern England.
Treve became the third straight filly to win the $5.4 million Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
Francesca Cumani looks at how Japan has become a major force in the horse racing industry.
CNN's Francesca Cumani speaks with Olivier Peslier about the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and his love of paintball.
When it comes to the richest horse race on the European circuit, the girls are definitely beating the boys.
Big in Japan. It's a phenomenon well known to generations of rock bands, elevated from relative obscurity at home to apparent god-like status in the Land of the Rising Sun.
One of the scariest scenarios of any sport must be the realization by a jockey that the half-tonne animal underneath him is not going to land successfully as it flies over a fence six feet high at nearly 50 kilometers per hour.
Heavyweight champions share a variety of qualities -- but one that often exposes their true nature is the desire for more success as soon as it is achieved.
His uncle Harry has promised the newest addition to the royal family that he will have "fun" -- and if a centuries old tradition is to be followed, it is an odds on certainty that horse racing will play a prominent role in young Prince George's future social life.
CNN's Francesca Cumani reports on why German horses are so popular with top trainers.
CNN's Francesca Cumani examines the process of yearling vetting before Baden-Baden's yearly sale.
Winning Post meets Eduardo "Eddy" Pedroza, the Panamanian jockey who made it big in the German racing world.
Each summer, more than 50,000 people pour into a cobblestone square in Tuscany for a gut-wrenching 90-seconds.
Wild horses, raging winds and energy-sapping heat in the land of Genghis Khan; welcome to the Mongolian steppe.
Jockeys may rely on real live horsepower to help them reach the winning post, but they still train like athletes.
CNN's Winning Post meets three generations of the Hannon family who have trained 30 Group 1 winners.
Being a jockey is a demanding job. Alex Thomas finds out just how tough it is at the British Racing School in Newmarket.
It's the Miss America beauty pageant, but not as you know it. The swimsuit competition is out, volatile farm animals are in, and there are enough leather dresses to furnish a small sofa store.
CNN's Francesca Cumani explores a new test that can predict the best race distance for an individual horse using DNA.
The man they call the "Wizard of Ballydoyle" has got a master apprentice.
Two World Wars have been fought, Empires lost, the atom split, the worldwide web invented and social media proliferated, but all the while a unique set of quintessential English sporting events have remained in their own self-regulated time warp, with only minor concessions to modernity.
Johnny Murtagh has a simple philosophy which has served him well during his glittering career as one of the leading jockeys in the world of thoroughbred racing.
Francesca Cumani visits Sheikh Mohammed's Kildangan Stud in Ireland, home to some of the world's most valuable horses.
Jockey Johnny Murtagh has decided not to wait until he's hung up his racing silks to take out his trainers licence.
Francesca Cumani meets the O'Brien family, dubbed the "Manchester United" of horse racing.
The animal kingdom is full of big beasts, but it's the graceful nature of the horse which speaks loudest on the artist's canvas.
Can you think of one sport where men and women compete against each other as equals?
Francesca Cumani meets New Zealand jockey James McDonald, who has dominated racing back home and in Australia, as he makes his Ascot debut.
Queen Elizabeth laughs and claps as her horse, Estimate wins the Royal Ascot Gold Cup.
Winning Post's Francesca Cumani talks to fashion designer, Fitriani Hay about the glamor on display at Royal Ascot.
"C'mon Dover! Move yer bloomin' arse!"
How will Frankel, widely considered the finest thoroughbred every produced, perform in his new career at stud?
Dubai World Cup winner Animal Kingdom has become the first Kentucky Derby winner since 1936 to run at Royal Ascot.
At just 23 years old, Maxime Guyon is already one of Europe's leading jockeys.
Once a year, a group of elite amateur lady jockeys gets the chance to ride on one of French racing's biggest stages.
His Highness the Aga Khan has won all over the world, including a record seven victories at the Prix de Diane.
If you thought you were going to be reincarnated as a horse -- you'd probably want to be born here.
It is a bittersweet irony that, after a four-decade career which saw Henry Cecil train thousands of racehorses, he will forever be remembered for just one -- Frankel.
The rainbow-colored jackets shimmer in the sun. From a distance the silken costumes could be the attire of circus performers, ready to throw custard pies at each other for the whooping crowd above.
Palace Malice won the 2013 Belmont Stakes, the third leg of horse racing's Triple Crown, on Saturday.
Under the watchful gaze of one monarch, a new king was crowned at Epsom Downs Saturday as the Aidan O'Brien-trained Ruler of the World dominated rivals to claim England's most prestigious race, the Epsom Derby.
Talent, a 20-1 outsider, dominated rivals to capture the Oaks, the premier fillies' Classic of the season.
It is one of the most remarkable images of the 20th Century -- and no one is watching.
Iconic jockey Frankie Dettori was cleared to return to racing by the governing body of the sport in France Thursday after serving a six-month ban for cocaine use.
Experience what it's like to ride on the dirt at Churchill Downs, venue for the Kentucky Derby.
Oxbow, after a sixth-place showing at the Kentucky Derby, led wire-to-wire to claim victory Saturday at the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes.
It's a dilemma 1960s TV character Jan Brady knew well: "How do you stand out when you're the middle sister?"
The best jockey in America, if not the world, is talking about a sport close to his heart -- baseball.
Winning Post's Francesca Cumani looks at how racing on the dirt feels to both horses and jockeys....
Orb, far back in the pack for much of the race, made a late charge to win the 139th running of the mud-spattered Kentucky Derby on Saturday.
The curtain was raised on the English flat racing season in emphatic style as the Godolphin-owned Dawn Approach stormed to victory in the 2,000 Guineas, the first "classic" of the season, at Newmarket's Rowley Mile Saturday.
She's got some of the softest hands in the business. But just because jockey Rosie Napravnik has a gentle touch, doesn't mean she's a push over.
Jockey Rosie Napravnik hopes to make history by being the first woman to win the Kentucky Derby.
3-time Kentucky Derby champion Gary Stevens talks to CNN about his return to the saddle after seven years in retirement.
History is against Kevin Krigger. A black jockey hasn't won America's most prestigious race -- the Kentucky Derby -- for over a century.
"Horsey!" scream the children staring in awe at the glossy chestnut thoroughbred towering above them.
"She has an incredible legacy," Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard tweeted.
Australian wonder mare Black Caviar extended her unbeaten streak to 25 races in some style on Saturday, blowing away her rivals in the TJ Smith Stakes at Sydney's Randwick Racecourse.
It may seem counter intuitive. But sometimes you've got to go backwards to go forwards.
Winning Post's Francesca Cumani travels to the richest day of horse racing at the Dubai World Cup.
Emirati jockey Ahmed Ajtebi talks to WInning Post's Francesca Cumani about his journey into horse racing.
Animal Kingdom roared into the record books at Meydan Racecourse Saturday, blowing away the rest of the field to become only the second Kentucky Derby winner to triumph in the Dubai World Cup, the world's richest race.
Wigmore Hall and horses from across the globe are being drawn to Dubai by the world's richest race day.
Rising from the desert like a space-age skyscraper, there is something equally awe-inspiring and unnerving about the five-star Meydan Hotel.
Once you've battled through the queues, check-in, extortionate on board snacks and cramped seating, it's no wonder so many economy airline passengers complain about flying "cattle-class."
Britain's prestigious Royal Ascot has increased its prize money to a record $7.5 million, in an effort to attract the top race horses from around the world.
What do Britain's Queen Elizabeth, soccer star Wayne Rooney and Hollywood director Steven Spielberg all have in common?
Francesca Cumani travels to Doha to meet Brad Smith, the man who is turning the Qatari desert green.
Rising from the desert like a white Arabian castle, Umm Qarn has all the trimmings you'd expect of a six-star luxury hotel.
Qatar is welcoming champion horses, trainers and jockeys in what could be considered a 6 stars luxury stud.
CNN's Winning Post meets David Bouland, who left his native France for the Qatari capital 15 years ago.
Think of the greatest American sports stars of all time and names like Jesse Owens, Muhammad Ali and Serena Williams will likely spring to mind.
She graced the cover of Vogue, launched a best-selling biography and was named Australian Sportswoman of the Year.
CNN's Francesca Cumani looks at a sport that combines man, horse and skis.
CNN's Francesca Cumani looks at how horses and jockeys manage to remain safe while running on a thick frozen lake.
Francesca Cumani looks at the many speed sports that draw crowds to St Moritz.
Para-gliders soar above the snowy peaks and broad pistes where hundreds of youngsters are taking their first lessons at Europe's biggest ski school.
It was a foggy winter's night on the remote Ballymany Stud Farm in Ireland when its head groom Jim Fitzgerald heard a knock at the door.
Purebred Arabian stallions dominate the world of endurance horse events, but it is increasingly likely that the rider guiding them to glory will be a young woman.
Francesca Cumani visits two endurance legends to find out more about the makings of a champion.
Francesca Cumani embarks on a 4X4 vehicle to track the competitors' as they take up the challenge of long distance racing
CNN's Francesca Cumani visits two endurance legends to find out more about the makings of a champion.
Winning Post meets a group of Emirati women, to discuss how they took up the challenge of long distance racing .
Long Run edged outsider Captain Chris to reclaim the prestigious King George VI Chase crown at Kempton Park on Boxing Day.
A buzz ripples through the packed stadium as word quickly spreads: "He's here."
Animal welfare groups have criticized the "utterly barbaric" whipping of a horse which competed in a race against Paralympic icon Oscar Pistorius.
Sprinter Oscar Pistorius made history this year by becoming the first amputee to compete in the Olympic Games. Now the South African has now set his sights on an altogether different opponent.
Longines Hong Kong Cup is the biggest event of the year, a highlight for the sport's growing Asian fan base.
Hong Kong's elite jockeys tell Francesca Cumani about their life on and off track.
Shortage of space is a major issue in Hong Kong. But horse trainers are tackling this with a unique solution.
With its cartoon-like skeleton and blood-red muscles on display, the horse parading around the race track has all the appearances of a very late Halloween prank.
Champion jockey Frankie Dettori has vowed to "rebuild his reputation" after accepting a six-month suspension, having been found guilty of using a banned substance.
Beasts of burden, winners of wars and beloved as the sport of Kings -- now horses are being used to cure the ills of modern life.
With her doe eyes, razor-sharp cheek bones, flowing jet black locks and the most talked-about rump in the business, it's no wonder she's on the cover of arguably the world's most prestigious fashion magazine.
Top jockey Frankie Dettori was handed a temporary ban from riding in France Wednesday after giving a positive drugs test for a banned substance.
Say these names as fast as you can: Hoof Hearted, Whykickamoocow, Oh no it's my mother-in-law, Maythehorsebewithyou.
Jockey Frankie Dettori is facing an investigation after his lawyer confirmed he had given a "positive test" at a race meeting in France in September.
CNN's Liz Neisloss takes a look at why a growing number of international horse trainers are making the move to Singapore.
Amid Asia's booming horse racing scene, Singapore's Gold Cup draws some star power. Liz Neisloss reports.
Far from eating carrots and apples a race horse's diet actually very sophisticated, designed by equine nutritionists.
It may seem like an odd partnership -- one weighs half a ton, the other just 50 kilograms. But when a jockey jumps on the back of a massive racehorse, it can be a multi-million-dollar match made in heaven.
Green Moon owner, Lloyd Williams and jockey, Brett Prebble talk after winning the 2012 Melbourne Cup.
Robert Doyle, Lord Mayor of Melbourne, explains what makes the Melbourne Cup the 'greatest handicap race in the world.'
Gai Waterhouse is a former model turned horse trainer, who learned the trade from her father, the legendary TJ Smith.