In a photo provided by the New York Racing Association, Cherokee Country, with jockey Jose Lezcano, captures the Fall Highweight horse race at Aqueduct on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009, in New York. Greenspring, left, with Jeremy Rose, was second.

In a photo provided by Churchill Downs, Serenading, ridden by Julien Leparoux, wins the Grade II Falls City Handicap horse race by three lengths at Churchill Downs on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009, in Louisville, Ky.

In this photo provided by Fair Grounds Race Course, Euroears, right, with Jamie Theriot aboard, pulls ahead of Tempo Five, with James Graham aboard, to win the Thanksgiving Day Handicap at Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009.

British entry Conduit, with jockey Ryan Moore aboard, works out Friday morning Nov. 27, 2009 at Tokyo Racecopurse, outskirts of Tokyo. Conduit is here for Sunday’s Japan Cup international horse racing.

Steeplechase and hurdles racing in Australia’s Victoria state will end after the 2010 season following the deaths of 20 horses over the past two years.

Racing Victoria said Friday a program of weight races will be scheduled for the 2011 season to help steeplechase jockeys, trainers and horses go through the transition. It came after animal rights groups had led a recent campaign to have the racing stopped.