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Top 6 Most Popular Horse Racing Events

Top 6 Most Popular Horse Racing Events

Have you ever wondered why horse racing is one of the most popular sports around the world? Aside from the thrill of watching the race, it also delivers quick results. The history of horse racing goes back to the early days of the Roman Empire where people would race horses around the tracks of huge amphitheatres. 

Your experience watching a horse racing event isn’t complete if you did not wager on any of the horses. Whether you are an occasional or frequent bettor, you can’t deny the fun of betting on your favorite horses. 

With the popularity of horse racing, there are several top horse racing events around the world. All you need to do is to choose the event you are interested in. What’s great is that you can now easily place your Sportsbet horse racing wagers online. Just remember to choose a licensed and regulated site to make sure that your funds are safe. 

To give you an idea, here are some of the top horse racing events you should never miss out on: 


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Kentucky Derby 

Location: Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky, United States

Surface: Dirt

Kentucky Derby is a horse race for G1 three-year-old fillies with a total distance of 2 kilometres. It is usually held on the first Saturday of May and the first leg of the Triple Crown. The race is also referred to as ‘The Run for the Roses’ because a blanket of roses is draped over the winner. 

Dubai World Cup 

Location: Meydan Racecourse; Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Surface: Dirt 

Dubai World Cup is a Thoroughbred horse race that is known as one of the richest horse races with a total pool prize of $10 million. It is the final race of the Dubai World Cup Night and is usually held on the last Saturday of March. 

Breeders’ Cup World Championships

Location: Changes every year

Surface: Turf or Dirt 

This tournament is an annual series of G1 Thoroughbred horse races that takes place in two days. Even though it is one of the most popular races, the number of attendees at the Breeders’ Cup varies because the venue changes every year. The Breeders’ Cup World Championship was a one-day event from 1984 to 2006 but eventually became a two-day event in 2007. 


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The Grand National 

Location: Aintree Racecourse, Aintree, Merseyside, England

Surface: Turf  

The Grand National is regarded as one of the most valuable jump races in Europe. What makes this race one of the most challenging tournaments is that it has larger fences. This is one of the reasons why it is often referred to as the ultimate test of the horse and rider. What’s interesting is that the fences have their own name: The Chair, Becher’s Brook, and Canal Turn. 

Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

Location: Longchamp Racecourse, Paris, France

Surface: Turf

Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is a flat horse race for three-year-old Thoroughbreds and older that usually takes place every first Sunday of October. Aside from being one of the most popular horse races, it is also Europe’s most prestigious horse race and the world’s richest turf. Winners of this race are also called the ‘champions’. 

Belmont Stakes

Location: Belmont Park, Elmont, New York, United States  

Surface: Dirt 

Belmont Stakes is an American G1 horse race for three-year-olds and is often referred to as ‘The Run for the Carnations’ and ‘The Test of the Champion’ because it has the longest duration compared to all of the three Triple Crown races. The race is usually held on the first or second Saturday of June. 

Even if you are having a lot of fun wagering at Sportsbet horse racing events, you should set a betting limit to avoid overspending. For more chances of winning, it is also best to research the horse, jockey, and even its trainer. 

What are you waiting for? Choose the event you want to watch and bet on and have a great time.

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