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.
standardbred (plural standardbreds)
- (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:
- "Jockeys waste and drivers don't and maybe the breed (standardbred) might be a bit more conducive to the conditions."