horse race

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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Example sentences
T his is not a story about the presidential horse race.
What it takes to get the jockeys in the right colors for each horse race.
Elaborate was another length back in third in the five-horse race.
It is obvious that they show a profound appreciation of anyone who has wagered
  an odd bob or two on a horse race.
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