It is the old match race though—the kind they had on the frontier—that is the most colorful. In many sections it still survives. Two men will have a difference of opinion as to whose horse is the fastest. Word gets around that a "bush match" race is in the offing, and folks for miles around drive out to have a look. The place might be a straightaway track on one of the men's ranches or a country road or a cow pasture.
Right up to race time everybody places bets.
"If you were betting five on this," a man might ask, "which would you pick?"
"The bay mare," the other would say. "And I want this gentleman here to hold stakes."
Somebody drags a boot heel across the road to mark the start, paces off a quarter of a mile and makes the finish line. When it's all over everybody goes home and waits for another challenge. That's the way it has been with quarter-horse races for 300 years.