Major Horse Racing Events | Races, Meets, Carnivals
Major Horse Racing Events
Several horse racing events draw the attention of more and more people every year. These spectacular events are usually group 1 Thoroughbred races open to racing horses that are 3 years of age or older.
Top American horse racing events are visited each year by tens of thousands of spectators and watched by millions. The hype for these events starts months in advance with advanced ticket sales, booking accommodations and getting all of the pre horse racing information available including all of the past horse racing results for the competitors in the races.
Kentucky Derby - The first leg of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing is America's most attended horse racing event. Said to be "The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports". The Kentucky derby is the pinnacle of horse racing and is run the first Saturday in May.
Kentucky Oaks - The $1 million Kentucky Oaks is a premiere race for Thoroughbred three-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs, the female counterpart to the Kentucky Derby. The 1 1/8-mile event is offered the Friday before the Kentucky Derby, which takes place on the first Saturday in May every year.
Preakness Stakes - Run the third Saturday in May the Preakness Stakes is the second leg of the Triple Crown. Held at Pimlico Race Course, the second oldest US horse racing track only behind Saratoga Race Track.
Belmont Stakes - The third and final leg of the Triple Crown held 3 weeks after the Preakness Stakes. The Belmont Stakes is run at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. It is a 1.5 mile race course open to 3 year old Thoroughbreds. Traditionally called "The Test of Champions" as it is a longer track and often tests the durability of the top race horses.
Breeders Cup - A series of predominately Grade 1 races and designed to be a year-end championship of the top race horses. The Breeders Cup is fourth largest attendance draw of all major horse racing events only behind The Kentucky Derby, The Preakness Stakes and The Belmont Stakes. Held at Santa Anita Park in Los Angeles, California and run in November.
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