Horse racing on consoles is not as popular as football or basketball games where there are big editions every year. However, horse racing has an interesting past in video games.
One of the first games was the Winning Post, still in the 1990s, and the series was very successful in horse racing. Between 1993 and 2008, more than 15 different versions. The problem is that, with the exception of the Winning Post Ex, all were sold only in Japan, a fact that made it difficult to popularize the game.
The most traditional series of horse racing in video games is the Gallop Racer. Developed by the Japanese company Tecmo, the game was released for PlayStation, PlayStation 2 and PC. The latest version, named Champion Jockey: G1 Jockey & Gallop Racer came in 2011.
What makes Gallop Racer games different was the way to train and develop the horses until they became suitable for the race. During the 2000s, it was the benchmark in games in this sector.
Another popular series is the Derby Owners Club. Between 2000 and 2012, 8 different versions were released, but not all for console or PC, as the last one came only for Android and iOS. Produced by Sega, the most acclaimed version arrived in 2008, dubbed Feel the Rush.
In 2006, the game Melboune Cup Challenge was successful offering the possibility to play online for PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC. The European game also includes a career mode, challenge jockey and several details that made the version very receptive by players. There is the advantage that there is a license for this famous Australian competition.
The graphics and comments were well produced and bring excitement to the game. The problem, however, is that no other version has been released since then.
The popular and traditional video game producer is in the horse racing sector in a different way than the traditional one. The Japanese company launched a few years ago the Fortune Cup, which consists of a mechanical horse race carried out by a machine almost 3 meters wide and represented by mechanical parts. Thus, the person who chooses his horse to win can follow the race on the screen or by live action.