Let your friends know they are winners with a Checkered Flag Visa Gift Card. Today the black and white checkered flag is best known for declaring a winner in automobile racing. Flags are not used in horse racing now, but that’s where their use originated. Amateur horse racing for recreation was popular in America in the 1800s, long before there were cars. When it was time for lunch the ladies would signal the men by waiving checkered tablecloths, thus marking the end of racing for awhile. Celebrate racing tradition with Checkered Flag Visa Gift Cards.