Hooves of Thunder
Hooves of Thunder! is a remake of the DOS game QuarterPole which in turn is based on the boardgame of the same name.
The game has been completely reworked as a DOS-to-Windows conversion. It has all new programming, completely new graphics and artwork in SVGA with 256 colors. Otherwise, the game is not changed from its predecessor and includes all of the features and gameplay aspects of the original game.
You start by buying a betting program and a tip sheet. You don't have to buy a tip sheet, but it's HIGHLY recommended. Then you pick your ponies, place your bets and off you go! Hopefully your horse will come in front and not be an "also-ran". But just racing isn't all you can do here. If you're so inclined, you may buy a horse and take it through a whole season of races. Will your horse be a nag or the next Secretariat? You'll have to hire a trainer as well, but the program does this for you automatically. If you don't like the way your horse is being trained, you can fire your present trainer and hire a new one.
The bottom line is Hooves of Thunder is a fine game in the rare genre of horse racing simulations. If you have even the slightest interest in racing it's worth a try even today.