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Top 7 Most Popular Horse Racing events to bet on

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By The Capital Sports Report Staff

Horse racing had existed for a while, seemingly popular even in medieval times when numerous racers competed in hippodromes and achieved fame and fortune. Initially, it served only as a means of amusement, but as the years passed, different occasions have added to its growth.

These horse racing competitions have influenced the sport generally, and what was seen as an elite sport still draws spectators and bettors. The excitement of watching horses compete for the prize of winning huge amounts at the finish line has made horse racing popular.

Harper Rae ridden by Alana Kelly wins the Hargreaves Hill Brewery Fillies and Mares Mdn Plte at Yarra Valley Racecourse
Harper Rae ridden by Alana Kelly wins the Hargreaves Hill Brewery Fillies and Mares Mdn Plte at Yarra Valley Racecourse (Photo by Pat Scala/Racing Photos via Getty Images)

Horses and betting go with each other because the thrill it brings can be profitable. Long before international horse races, people were handicapping horses who would win a particular race. Here are the seven biggest horse racing competitions you should consider betting on.

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Pegasus World Cup

Since 2017, Gulfstream Park has hosted the Pegasus World Cup Invitational Series, a pair of Grade 1 races that are only open to invitees. The million-dollar Pegasus World Cup Turf and the $3 million Pegasus World Cup both cover 1 1/8 miles on dirt and turf, respectively.

This year, the Pegasus World Cup horse race will take place on January 28, 2023. At this time, there is no official list of racehorses joining the competitions, but the horses that competed in the US Triple Crown Series and last year’s Breeders’ Cup Challenge are going to be present.

Grand National

One of the oldest horse racing competitions in history is the Grand National. The 1929 race featured 66 horses, a record for any racing. This event happens every second Thursday and Friday in April at the Aintree Racecourse in Merseyside, England.

With a distance of 7,242 meters and a £1,000,000 prize fund, this event set a record for the longest on a turf surface. Looking back, ten horses competed in the event’s inaugural running in 1883, the fewest entrants recorded. Since then, the race has increased significantly, and in the 2019 season, it attracted ten million spectators.

Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby, known as the “Run for the Roses,” is the world’s most well-known horse racing competition. It is famous for its frantic racing over a lengthy dirt stretch, and winners were showered with roses once they reached the finish line and won the race.

It is the first segment of the famous American Triple Crown held every first Saturday in May, with a whopping $3,000,000 in prizes up for grabs. It was one of the world’s most bet-on horse racing games during 2015, with an estimated $133,000,000 placed bet by American bettors alone.

Breeders’ Cup Classic

In North America, the Breeders’ Cup Classic is contested annually in late October or around early November, with a different location each time. This unique race, which is only open to participants aged three and older, is considered an elite event. In this race, only one horse, Tiznow, has produced two victories.

The prize money for the race is $6,000,000. The Breeders’ Cup, which is held every first Saturday in November, utilizes a dirt surface. In 2004 at Lone Star Park, racehorse Ghostzapper set a record of 1:59:02 that has never been surpassed.

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Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

One of the most important competitions to watch in Europe is the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Since its first race in 1920, The Arc has established a lengthy history and has become a prominent event to watch. The race is available to horses three years old and older; however, geldings are prohibited from competing, particularly in longer races.

Eight horses were recognised as dual champions of the event in 2018. This speaks much about the diverse group of mares and fillies that have succeeded in the Arc. The race has a grand prize of $5,600,000 and is held on the grass at Longchamp Racecourse in Paris, France, on the first Sunday of every October.

Dubai World Cup

The Dubai World Cup has acquired a reputation as a classic event available to thoroughbreds from the Northern Hemisphere at the age of four and the Southern Hemisphere’s three-year-olds and older. This race is among the most well-known in the world, and many famous horse racing champions have competed in it.

During the last Saturday of May at the Meydan Racecourse in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, a large number of horses have been seen competing in this important event since it began in 1996, with a total prize fund of $12,000,000.

Royal Ascot

The Royal Ascot is a prestigious and most attended horse racing occasion hosted in England. This outstanding celebration goes beyond horse racing by showcasing the sport’s rich historical significance in England, including its cultural significance to the fans.

Every June, thousands of spectators, including well-known celebrities and casts of the royal family, assemble to see this event. The Ascot racecourse, surrounded by picturesque landscapes, is where this event occurs.

Final Thoughts

Horses and wagering games are frequently associated with numerous profitable opportunities. Understanding each event’s mechanics and potential rewards is essential for this reason. Besides, your chances of winning large prizes while betting on these major horse racing events are enhanced the more you understand about it.

Thus, considering going to the most prominent horse racing events like the ones listed above not only gives you a memorable experience but lets you earn a significant amount of money through the betting games it offers.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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