QuarterPole is an early 90s horse racing simulation from Microleague based on the boardgame of the same name.
The graphics are well done for the time and actually better than I expected. Microleague has never been known for being on the cutting edge in the graphics department, but in QuarterPole they are well-done indeed. It's easy to tell the individual horses from each other and people milling around the track are well rendered as well.
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 QuarterPole 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.