Famous Horse Racing Events

Famous Horse Racing Events

There are a range of horse racing events across the world that offers excellent opportunities for betting as well as enjoying a day at the races to enjoy good food and fashion.

Preakness Stakes

The Preakness Stakes is held in Baltimore, USA each year on the third Saturday of May.  The track is 1.2 miles and the race is around two minutes long.  The surface of the track is dirt and only horses that are 3 years or older and a thoroughbred may qualify for the race.  It is the second leg of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing and is a well-attended event popular for the InfieldFest, a huge outdoor party that visitors can enjoy for the duration of the race.  The prize money of this event is around $1.5 million.

Belmont Stakes

The Belmont Stakes is the final leg of the US Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing and is held each year on the second Saturday in June in Belmont Park, New York.  This track is a bit longer, 1.5 miles and is a Grade I thoroughbred race.  This race is also known as “The Run for The Carnations” because the winning horse is covered with white carnations at the end.  The Belmont Stakes enjoys TV coverage and is well attended with about 22 million people around the world watching. The prize money of the race is $1.5 million.

Grand National

The Grand National is known as an extremely challenging race and is usually held on the first or second Saturday in April.  The Grand National is help in Aintree, Liverpool.  Even though the track is considered dangerous it attracts the best horse racers from around the world and offers prize money of $1.6 million.  The track involves 30 fences, which covers 4 miles and is done over 2 laps.  Because of the prize money The Grand National is a valuable race.  It is a popular event on the racing calendar and attracts bettors, even those who may not bet all year round.  Both celebrities and members of the Royal Family usually make an appearance at this event.

Nakayama Grand Jump

The Nakayama Grand Jump is a renowned horse race held in Nakayama, Japan and is held in the middle of April each year.  The length of the track is 4250 metres and offers a purse of $1.7 million.  The Grand Jump is a Grade I steeplechase regarded as one of the world’s richest races.  The track is known for being challenging with many sharp twists and turns and has many jumps, inclines and declines.  The horses that participate in this race have to be thoroughbreds and four years or older.  The event is relatively cheap to attend and is geared towards families rather than the usually glamorous events which horse races usually are.

Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby is held in May and has a very generous purse of $2 million, just a million or more than what you could win playing Aristocrat online pokies!  Held in Louisville, Kentucky it is an extremely popular horse racing event and around 150 000 spectators make the journey each year to watch this event.  The track is 1.25 miles long and has been called “The Greatest 2 Minutes in Sports”.  This event attracts bettors worldwide.

Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

Held in Seine, Paris at the Longchamp racecourse the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, is held annually in October and offers a very generous purse of $5.4 million.  It is a prestigious event and also known as The Arc and is a grand and extravagant event.  The track is flat and is open to thoroughbreds only.

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