The World’s Biggest Horse Racing Events
You can now immerse yourself in one of the world’s longest-standing sporting events by enjoying the world’s biggest horse racing events thanks to the increased access we all enjoy in today’s internet-connected landscape. This article reviews some of the most prestigious.
The Kentucky Derby, Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Don your best hat, study form and grab a glass of mint julep when you enjoy the first leg of the US Triple Crown for Thoroughbred Racing at the Kentucky Derby. The meet takes place on the first Saturday in May each year, and sees more than 150 000 spectators flocking to Churchill Downs for the historic event, a horse-lover tradition since 1875.
The race takes place over 1 and ¼ mile and lasts no longer than two minutes, which has earned it the reputation of being the greatest two minutes in sport. When the winning horse and jockey cross the finish line the animal is draped in a garland of hundreds of red roses, and you are invited to enjoy the fun of watching some of the finest horse racing in the world.
The Preakness Stakes, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
This is the second leg of the Triple Crown, and it takes place on the third Saturday every May at the Pimlico Race Course.
Popular with punters who enjoy the online betting NZ, this race has changed somewhat since it was first run in 1873, but many of its best traditions still remain.
The winner of the Preakness Stakes is presented with the strapping Woodlawn Vase, a fancy silver trophy created by Tiffany in 1860, and his horse is covered in delicate Black-Eyed Susans, the state of Maryland’s flower.
Tickets are less than US$100, and you will be able to mingle with all the well-dressed race goers as you enjoy the races.
The Belmont Stakes in Elmont, New York, USA
The horse racing community waits with baited breath for the first Saturday in June, because that is when the Belmont Stakes take place, the Triple Crown’s third and final leg. There is always the hope that one horse will manage to take all three victories of the series, but even if that doesn’t occur, the Belmont Stakes are no less fun to watch because of it!
This is the longest and most challenging of the races, at 1 ½ miles long, and is the place where Secretariat rose to fame. He laid claim to the title of the world’s greatest racehorse when he took part in 1973, racing to victory as he broke world records for reaching speeds that kept him 31 lengths ahead of his competitors!
The Belmont Stakes is the most accessible Triple Crown event, not just because it is so close to New York City, but also because the ticket price ranges between US$10 and US$20.
The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, in Paris, France
The Qatar Paris Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, known as the Arc, has thousands of elegantly outfitted spectators filling the grandstands on the first Sunday of every October.
The races take place on the Longchamp Racecourse on the banks of the Seine, and this race has one of the biggest purses in the horse racing world attached to it: 4 million euros goes to the winner!