Madadian Race Horses
Logic puzzles require you to think. You will have to be logical in your reasoning.
Mad Ade's rich uncle "Uncle Rich" owned the famous Madadian Race horse breeding stables "The Gluepot".
It has a private race track that has five lanes.
Uncle Rich has 25 horses and wishes to know which are the three fastest.
What is the least number of races needed to be run to find the answer?
Note that it is only the ranking of the horses being found not the actual timings.
Answer
Answer: 7 races
Race #1 to Race #5  Divide the horses into 5 groups of 5. Race each group to rank the first 3 in each  that's 5 races.
Race #6  Race the winner from each group. The winner in this race is the fastest horse.
Race #7  Race the second and third horses from the race in which the fastest horse raced initially,
the first and second horses from the group of the second horse in Race #6, and the third horse in Race #6 (that's a total of 5 horses).
The first and second horses in Race #7 are the second and third horses of the entire stable.
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Comments
jimbo
Jun 29, 2004
 Cute logic. Nice puzzle badly worded. It should say that they cannot be timed, not just merely that we do not need to know the times. Otherwise the answer would be a boring 5 timed races.
Incidentally I was skeptical of the given answer until I drew a matrix. Isn't it lovely how logic can make obvious what plain commonsense sometimes refuses to grasp. 
madade
Jun 29, 2004
 It does say in the question that the horses are not timed, just their rankings are taken into consideration. 
horse_luver
Jul 05, 2004
 How many racetracks have only 5 lanes???? At most racetracks, any less than 45 competitors and a race won't even be run! Otherwise, a good teaser... a little easy though... 
madade
Jul 05, 2004
 they do things a little differently in Madadia... 
I_am_the_Omega
Jul 13, 2004
 I still don't get why it wasn't only 6 races... first five, you take the fastest from each.... and put them into the sixth... that's only 5 horses left in that race, and you take the top three?? 
miyukina
Dec 14, 2005
 omega, what u should understand is that even the last horse from winner's 1st round MIGHT be faster than the runnerup in the 2nd round...btw, another great teaser hakken! 
bfriedfischtom
Apr 18, 2008
 Great one.
Here how I came to the solution:
In the following schema we assume we make all the races and then retrospectively put numbers on them the match the order.
First 5 races the results:
0102030405
0507080910
1112131415
1617181920
2122232425
#6:Now the winners race result:
0105111621
From all of the above, only the following could still be on the list.
010203
0507
11
01 for sure is the total winner, thus we can make a race with the other 5
#7
0203050711
this even gives the exact order (which was not asked for) 
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