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standard +‎ bred. In this context, the word "standard" refers to the fact that in the early decades of the breed's development, all breeding stock had to meet a specific performance standard, namely ability to trot or pace a mile in no more than 2 minutes, 30 seconds.

A standardbred


standardbred (plural standardbreds)

  1. (horse racing) A breed of horse bred specifically for harness racing
    • 2009 January 30, Tim Habel and Matt Stewart, “Heat on VRC to delay Flemington meeting”, in Herald Sun[1]:
      "Jockeys waste and drivers don't and maybe the breed (standardbred) might be a bit more conducive to the conditions."

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