It is exciting to watch horses fly around the track. Watching as they gain momentum and cheering them as they come to the final stretch and then realizing you won big as the horse crosses the finish line.
In the United States, three main races are featured in horse racing. They are the Belmont Stakes, Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. These three championships are held from May until June and make up the Triple Crown. A second event known as the Breeders’ Cup is held in November. While the pot is higher in the latter, the Triple Crown events are the most recognizable.
Since 1919, there have only be 11 horses that have achieved the Triple Crown. The first was Sir Barton with the most recent being Affirmed in 1978. With the scarcity of these wins, players can wager a bet on what horse they think might win the Triple Crown. If they are correct, the payout is sizeable.
First is the Kentucky Derby. This Grade I stake takes place on the first Saturday in May. The race lasts one and a quarter miles and is sometimes referred to as “The Run for Roses”. This is due to the blanket of roses placed on the winning horse. Many people in the United States and the world place bets on the horses at this event.
The next event takes place on the third Saturday in May. This is the Preakness Stakes. This event lasts 9.5 furlongs on a dirt track. The winner of the Kentucky Derby typically runs in this event as they continue to seek the coveted Triple Crown.
Finally, Belmont Stakes is held in June in New York. This race lasts for one and a half miles. The focus is on the stamina of the horse. If a horse manages to win at the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, they will run in this event also. Because of the high gambling stakes and public interest, the news will have its focus on this event.
A fourth event that is separate from the trio is called The Breeders’ Cup. This event attracts worldwide attention due to the massive pot associated with it. Since 1984, this event features 14 races of 14 horses. The winner usually takes home a multimillion dollar prize.
These four races aren’t the only horse racing events that players place their bets on. Some other popular races in the United States include:
- The American Oaks Invitational
- Arkansas Derby
- Beverly D. Stakes
- Blue Grass Stakes
- Florida Derby
- The Flower Bowl
- Haskell Invitational
- The Jockey Club Gold
- Kentucky Oaks
- Man O’ War Stakes
- Pacific Classic Stakes
- Santa Anita Derby
- Santa Anita Handicap
- Travers Stakes
These are just some of the incredible horse racing events that gamblers can place wagers on. Open to international gamblers and even those in the United States, horse racing is one of the most exciting forms of gambling in the world. Of course, it is also the most popular too.