• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Flat-race a race over open or clear ground
    • Flat-race a horse-race over level or clear ground—opp. to a Hurdle-race or Steeplechase, which are called generally Obstacle-races
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. rǽs, stream; Ice. rás, rapid course.


In literature:

The lips were not thick nor was the nose flat, as is the case with so many of the African race.
"A Black Adonis" by Linn Boyd Porter
It is to racing proper what a hunt is to a flat race.
"The Voyage Alone in the Yawl "Rob Roy"" by John MacGregor
A maiden steeple, a hurdle race and a hunters' flat race filling up the programme.
"The Chronicles of a Gay Gordon" by José Maria Gordon
The sports commenced at 1 p.m. on the 13th, with a closely contested flat race of 100 yards.
"In Eastern Seas" by J. J. Smith
Notice their greasy straight hair, their flat, broad, good-humoured faces and little stocky figures; what race do you think they are?
"Round the Wonderful World" by G. E. Mitton
The flat- and hurdle-races which have succeeded to these since the war are not of sufficient importance to detain us.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 26, October, 1880" by Various
Then came a good flat race, three out of five horses coming in neck and neck.
"The Last Voyage" by Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
This course was well in view of the grand stand, as well as from the middle of the flat-race course.
"A Danish Parsonage" by John Fulford Vicary
Two gallant officers, a Lieutenant and a Captain of the Fusileers, have lately been running a flat race and a hurdle race against each other.
"Punch - Volume 25 (Jul-Dec 1853)" by Various
A short time before I left D'Urban we had some races on the flat.
"Sporting Scenes amongst the Kaffirs of South Africa" by Alfred W. Drayson
Ruth let Tabari extend herself, until the mare was racing with ears flat against her neck.
"The Garden of Eden" by Max Brand
They have very little if any of the flat nose and protruding lips of the African race.
"Under the Southern Cross" by Maturin M. Ballou
Jenny had clearly not gone to Van Hupfeldt's on leaving the flat, or why should Van Hupfeldt be racing eastward?
"The Late Tenant" by Louis Tracy
The programme included gymnastic exercises, boxing, high jumping, flat and hurdle racing, &c.
"Norfolk Annals A Chronological Record of Remarkable Events in the Nineteeth Century, Vol. 2" by Charles Mackie
After breakfast next morning the whole crowd, ladies and all, went down the river five miles to witness a "big" horse race at "Kickapoo" flat.
"A Texas Cow Boy" by Chas. A. Siringo
In fact, my brother won three races of five furlongs on the flat with her, against much bigger ponies.
"Ladies in the Field"
Still more absurd were the hunters' flat races of a former day.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 6" by Various
It is not out of place to refer here to a Mongoloid race of "Flat-noses" of whom Mr. Howorth speaks.
"The Testimony of Tradition" by David MacRitchie
In his haste to get away, the lad tripped and fell flat in the muddy water which raced through the underpass.
"Dan Carter and the Money Box" by Mildred A. Wirt
Almost together Ross and Dan struck the water in flat, fast racing dives.
"Dan Carter and the River Camp" by Mildred A. Wirt

In poetry:

While Mickey and Pat go racing
Over flats where the grass is green-
But Eileen and I ride slowly
Guarding our treasure between.
"The First School Day" by Alice Guerin Crist
The flat smooth Stones that bear a Name,
The Chissels slender help to Fame,
(Which e'er our Sett of Friends decay
Their frequent Steps may wear away.)
A middle Race of Mortals own,
Men, half ambitious, all unknown.
"A Night-Piece On Death" by Thomas Parnell

In news:

The Sprint 750 boasts the flat-out performance of a racing multihull and a huge cockpit made for whizzing around the cans and the after-race barbeque.
Troy Aguayo admits to being as good a litmus test as any to show off the strength of the new Run Flat Moapa tire from DWT Racing.
Midnight Lute worked quarter miles in:21 flat , the fastest works at the distance at the third and final session of the Under Tack Show for Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s 2012 June sale of 2-year-olds and horses of racing age.
Because you can apparently never have enough flat -tax plans in a race for the Republican presidential nomination, Texas Gov Rick Perry on Tuesday officially introduced his own version.
That gives us two flat tax proposals in the GOP race, Perry's and Herman Cain's (all together now) 9-9-9 plan.
The 2012 AMA Pro Flat Track Championship currently consists of 16 confirmed races with three more in final negotiations, according to AMA Pro Racing - so there's hope that the final schedule will feature 19 rounds.
The Simi Valley girls, led by Sarah Baxter, who set the all-time girls cross country national record Oct 20 at Mount SAC in 16 minutes flat, have their prelim race at 1:37 pm The Pioneers are ranked second in Division 1.
The Bonneville Salt Flats is where racing began.
The railroad tracks and telephone wires and tar-covered highway race across land so flat you can see into the middle of next week.
For those whose pulse races at the rate of ticker tape, Terry Mayer makes a flat heart pendant engraved with stock market figures on an 18-inch chain, for $100.
For the second time this weekend, weather has forced the rescheduling of this weekend's AMA Pro Flat Track races at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.
How to get your legs used to racing flats.
The start of a new racing season often brings with it sore calf muscles from the first few times you use racing flats.
The steeplechase set has a different look than the flat racing crowd.
Races start at 10 am and follow a flat and fast loop course (2 loops for the 10k).