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The Scorpio Races

The Scorpio Races

The Scorpio Races Themes

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Violence

Red is the new black. By red, we mean the crimson red of spilled blood and gore. And by black, we mean the hot new thing in young-adult lit. See: The Hunger Games. Katniss Everdeen's brutal acts ha...

Fear

A regular seahorse is about as cute and cuddly as an underwater creature can be. (Moray eel… not even close.) The capaill uisce, however, though they might be horses and they might be from the se...

Competition

Human beings love competition. From the Olympics in ancient Greece to, well, the Olympics in London, with every single sporting tournament and reality show in between, people love watching others f...

Family

If you kept your brother or sister or children in a barn, fed them hay, made them run dozens of miles a day, and occasionally gave them a bath by spraying them down with a hose… well, someone wou...

Gender

Horse racing isn't exactly a female-dominated sport. Women jockeys have to work twice as hard and don't get anywhere near half the fame their male counterparts enjoy. At least the ladies trying to...

Tradition and Customs

Horse racing has many charming traditions, especially the Kentucky Derby—put on a goofy hat and drink mint juleps 'til you drop. The Scorpio Races's traditions are a little, um, less charming. Le...

Dreams, Hopes, and Plans

We're not horse whisperers, but we imagine horses have pretty simple dreams: Some nice, delicious hay; a warm barn to sleep in; not becoming glue. Even though the island of Thisby is a simple place...

Loyalty

An important part of any competition, especially one that depends on survival, is alliances. Survivor may have popularized this concept of staying loyal to someone… until the time comes to prover...

Poverty

Horse racing is expensive, whether you're engaged in racing or just prancing and preening around a field in the horse version of a toddlers-and-tiaras pageant. (We're kidding, dressage, but you're...

Religion

At first glance, sports and religion don't seem to go hand in hand. Competitive games seem to be about dividing people into winners vs. losers, and the really intense ones, like the Scorpio Races,...

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