Sprint racing, also known as Quarter Mile Racing, is generally the domain of the American Quarter Horse, but is also enjoyed by other breeds as well. Short distance racing originated in North America shortly after the founding of Jamestown in 1607, but was deemed "less acceptable" to the morals of the colonists than harness racing, and was only enjoyed on the fringes of society. As America pushed west, however, sprint racing returned to the forefront, and today is a highly popular sport eclipsed only by Thoroughbred flat racing. Quarter Mile racing is generally found in the mid-west and western US.

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