By The Capital Sports Report Staff
Horse racing is one of the most exciting sports today. And although it might have been with us for a very long time, the sport is still very popular. The sport’s popularity can be seen on the many different racetracks in the world, with a myriad of horse races taking place each year.
What’s more, horse race betting has become a big part of the sport. More prominent horse racing events now offer larger prize purses, attracting more fans to bet. Plus, many trainers and jockeys look forward to competing in these races.
Below are some of the best-known horse races in the world.
The Kentucky Derby is a Grade 1 horse race and is run at Churchill Downs every first Saturday in May. With a $3 million prize purse shared, horse racing fanatics are guaranteed to see the industry’s biggest and most celebrated names.
Moreover, the race only allows at least 3-year-old horses to fight it out for the huge prize. The Kentucky Derby is one of the best events for horse race bettors to place bets and earn some serious money.
The Belmont Stakes is the U.S. Triple Crown’s last jewel. As the final race, it is often deemed the champion’s test because it’s the longest out of all the races in the Triple Crown. In particular, it is run at a mile and a half, which is equivalent to one full lap of the track.
What’s more, the Belmont Stakes is held three weeks after the Preakness Stakes, usually in June, at Belmont Park. Plus, the race features a prize purse of $1.5 million.
The Belmont Stakes is also known as the Big Sandy due to the track’s massive size and sandy texture. It is easy to place a bet at the Belmont Stakes, even if you can’t physically attend the event.
Online horse race betting is legal in at least 37 states. With a website or an app, you can load up your account and place a bet from wherever you are. Make sure to check the wagering odds frequently because they change every day.
This horse racing event is very special and probably the most prestigious out of all the races worldwide because even Queen Elizabeth attends it. In fact, since coming to the throne, Queen Elizabeth has been a patron of the Royal Ascot.
Moreover, the Royal Ascot is deemed one of the oldest horse racing events in the world, one that’s been with us for decades. The race is a luxurious and expensive event, with all the privileges you can imagine.
The Royal Ascot is held in June each year. Aside from Queen Elizabeth, there are other famous and rich attendees as well, such as the Countess of Wessex and Princess Anne. Horse racing fans will enjoy betting here because the best horses only race at the Royal Ascot.
The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is one of the most prestigious races today and is the richest flat race in Europe. And since the events in Ireland, the United Kingdom, and France come together during the Flat and National Hunt Racing seasons, it’s common to see a unique blend of nationalities on the Arc’s starting line.
In addition, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is a 1 1/2 mile race at the Longchamp Racecourse. Also, it only accepts horses aged three-year-old and over. Since the Arc is held in Paris, you may need to find an online betting site that meets your needs.
The Dubai World Cup was once deemed as the world’s richest horse racing event until the launching of the Saudi Cup in 2020. This year’s race features a massive $12 million prize purse, with the winner earning $7.2 million.
The race is held in March every year and only allows horses aged at least three-year-old to run over a 10-furlong dirt track. Moreover, the Dubai World Cup is a culminating show to honor and praise Dubai’s Prime Minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Note that no one who attends the event can place bets on the action because UAE has stringent rules against gambling. Even so, fans can still place their bets online, but there are necessary steps to take to ensure you gamble safely and discreetly.
These horse racing events are some of the most spectacular and famous races in the world. The honorable mentions include the Pegasus World Cup, The Everest, The Grand National, Japan Cup, and Cheltenham Gold Cup. To bet smartly, you must be prepared, aim high, and budget intelligently. Have a betting strategy in mind to help you win so much money at the track. Also, always check the odds.
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