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Follow this link for info about the review system. 1 = Terrible, 5 = Awesome!

One nice touch was music in the title screen - relatively rare at the time this game was released.

Horse RacingGraphics: 3
Sound: 2
Replay Value: 2
Notes: 1- to 6-player game; Easter Egg
Screen Shots

This is pretty average game. Perhaps This game is much better when you try to control your horses.

The original Intellivision box had a different layout for Horse Racing. Either that, or it combined content from the betting screen - which ended up with a different color scheme than the image below shows.

Prerelease graphics for Horse Racing
Prerelease Horse Racing Shot



ROM No ROM variants have been identified.
Box So far, eight variations have been found.
Manual Fourteen variants have been identified.
Overlays Three different overlay variations are known to exist.
Label To date, five labels have been recorded.
Easter Eggs A title screen Easter egg exists.




A total of eight Horse Racing box variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Horse Racing Box (Mattel Electronics 1123-0910) Mattel Electronics 1123-0910 1979 U.S.A. Plastic tray; part number on top; © Mattel, Inc. Hawthorne, CA on bottom; refers to Keyboard Component on cover
Image not available. Mattel Electronics 1123-0910 1979 Hong Kong Plastic tray; part number on top; © Mattel, Inc. Hawthorne, CA on bottom; refers to Keyboard Component on cover
Horse Racing Box (Mattel Electronics 1123-0910 G1) Mattel Electronics 1123-0910 G1 1979 Hong Kong Plastic tray; no part number on top; © Mattel, Inc. Hawthorne, CA on bottom
Horse Racing Box (Mattel Electronics 1123-0510) Mattel Electronics 1123-0510 1979 Hong Kong French-Canadian; plastic tray; no part number on top; © Mattel Canada Inc., Toronto, Ontario, Canada on back
Horse Racing Box (Mattel Electronics 1123-0910) Mattel Electronics 1123-0910 1979 Hong Kong French-Canadian outer sleeve refers to original Keyboard Component; internally, same as standard 1123-0910 (Hong Kong); did the internal box vary?
Horse Racing Box (Mattel Electronics 1123-0410) Mattel Electronics 1123-0410 1979 Hong Kong International version with slots in back for localized manual; submitted by Moonbeam
Horse Racing Box (Intellivision Inc. 1123) Intellivision Inc. 1123 1979 U.S.A. Standard Intellivision, Inc. box
Horse Racing Box (Sears 3871-0910) Sears 3871-0910 1980 Hong Kong Plastic tray; blue game title on top and back




A total of fourteen Horse Racing manual variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Horse Racing Manual (Mattel Electronics 1123-0920) Mattel Electronics 1123-0920 1979 U.S.A.  
Horse Racing Manual (Mattel Electronics 1123-0920) Mattel Electronics 1123-0920 1979 Hong Kong  
Horse Racing Manual (Mattel Electronics 1123-0920-G1) Mattel Electronics 1123-0920-G1 1979 Hong Kong  
Horse Racing Manual (Mattel Electronics 1123-0920-G2) Mattel Electronics 1123-0920-G2 1979 U.S.A. Blue artwork
Horse Racing Manual (Mattel Electronics 1123-0720) Mattel Electronics 1123-0720 1979 Hong Kong French-Canadian
Horse Racing Manual (Mattel Electronics 1123-0121) Mattel Electronics 1123-0121 1979 Hong Kong German version; blue artwork
Image not available. Mattel Electronics 1123-0121 1979 Hong Kong German version; brown artwork with green lettering
Horse Racing Manual (Mattel Electronics 1123-0161) Mattel Electronics 1123-0161 1979 Hong Kong Dutch version; black and white (grayscale) manual; submitted by Oscar G.
Horse Racing Manual (Mattel Electronics 1123-0111) Mattel Electronics 1123-0111 1979 Hong Kong French version from Mattel Electronics France; blue artwork; submitted by Moonbeam
Image not available. Mattel Electronics 1123-0131 1979 Hong Kong Italian version; brown artwork with green lettering; title localized as 'Corse di Cavalli'
Horse Racing Manual (Mattel Electronics PC-1123-0920) Mattel Electronics PC-1123-0920 1979 U.S.A. PlayCable version
Image not available. Bandai 1123-0201 None   Japanese release by Bandai; noted by voltron and others; shows stylized game graphics
Horse Racing Manual (Intellivision Inc. 1123-0920-G-2) Intellivision Inc. 1123-0920-G-2 None U.S.A. Staple along top edge
Horse Racing Manual (Sears 3871-0920) Sears 3871-0920 1979 Hong Kong  

Only the basic variations here. I'm missing the French-only version from the sleeved box release, though.

There were also some variations of the 'Running Man' and Mattel logo on the back cover.

Running Man Logo and Text on Back (original (U.S.A.))

Back cover of original (U.S.A.)—note ™ next to Mattel Electronics logo in the center of the 'running man' rectangle

Running Man Logo and Text on Back (rev. G1 (Hong Kong))

Back cover of rev. G1 (Hong Kong)—note ™ next to Mattel Electronics logo in the center of the 'running man' rectangle and missing ® in the 'available from Mattel Electronics' text





A total of four Horse Racing overlay variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Horse Racing Overlay (Mattel Electronics 1123-4289) Mattel Electronics 1123-4289 1980 U.S.A.  
Horse Racing Overlay (Intellivision Inc. 1123-4289) Intellivision Inc. 1123-4289 None   Copyright information has been removed
Horse Racing Overlay (Phil Boland 49 75209) Phil Boland 49 75209 1980 U.S.A. Part of the Sears Super Video Arcade Overlay Set (2013)
Image not available. Intellivision Productions N/A 2014 U.S.A. Part of the Supplemental Overlay Pack for Intellivision Flashback




A total of five Horse Racing label variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Horse Racing Label (Mattel Electronics) Mattel Electronics N/A None   No origin
Horse Racing Label (Mattel Electronics) Mattel Electronics N/A None Hong Kong Origin upper right
Horse Racing Label (Intellivision Inc.) Intellivision Inc. N/A 1979 U.S.A. Origin lower right; © I.I. 1979 to left of origin; ™ small, centered vertically on right edge; smaller label, rounded corners
Horse Racing Label (Intellivision Inc.) Intellivision Inc. N/A 1979   Date lower right; no copyright, origin; larger label, square corners
Horse Racing Label (Phil Boland) Phil Boland N/A None   Part of the Sears Super Video Arcade Overlay Set (2013)




Title Screen Title screen for Horse Racing.
The Track I always liked how the horses were drawn and animated, though a more interesting background would have been nice.





Credit: Joe Zbiciak's post to the intvprog group on Yahoo on 23. March, 2001

Left Controller: Press and hold: [6], [9]
Right Controller: Press and hold: [6], [9]
Press Reset
Easter Egg: The title screen shows the following, with horse heads replacing the color bars:

Horse Racing Easter Egg



If you find new, contradictory, or other information you wish to share, please let me know!