Racing started more than a century ago in India, and was first introduced by the British. Along with the British aristocrats, the other patrons of the turf were local kings and princes who were part of a elite social circle. Tradition lies deep in the heart of racing. With over 3,000 horses in training, 4,000 mares in breeding and 85 breeding establishments, the racing industry in India is actually a huge market. And yes, if you are an outsider, the names of the stallions and mares are indeed funny. One horse is named 'Berlusconi' after the Italian prime minister! Even today, you have royal families owning horses. But along came a new generation of sporting people, who are interested in the game. Now, you have businessmen, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, professionals, who own horses and play a very important role in racing. Then you have professionals who make the sport happen—the trainers, jockeys, stewards, and others who play their important role in the game.