3 Biggest Racing Events in the US

Americans are some of the most passionate people when it comes to horse racing. Racing events like the Breeders Cup and Kentucky Derby etc are some of the most well-known races in the World. There is a huge television audience who regularly watches these races and bet on them. You can also go to horsebettingoffers.co.uk to explore the exciting world of betting yourself.

1- Kentucky Derby

Kentucky Derby is the first leg of American Triple Crown and is followed by the Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes. It is a Grade One race and takes place at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May every year. The Triple Crown races have been taking place in America even during the times of the Great Depression and World Wars. The attendance of the Kentucky Derby is the highest as compared with the Belmont Stakes, Preakness Stakes and Breeders Cup.

The first Derby took place on May 1875 in front of a 10,000 crowd and a colt named Aristides was the winner in that race. With 6 trophies, Ben A. Jones is regarded as the most successful trainer of Kentucky Derby. While Eddie Arcaro and Bill Hartack are the most successful jockeys who each ridden to success in this race 5 times. Secretariat is considered as one of the most famous horses of Kentucky Derby; he finished the race in a record 1:59.4 minutes in 1973.

2- Preakness Stakes

The second leg of the American Triple Crown, Preakness Stakes, is one of the most exciting races in America and is held two weeks after the Kentucky Derby every year. The race is known as the “The Run for the Black-Eyed Susans” because the winning horse gets yellow flowers across his withers.

In North America, it is the second most attended racing event after the Kentucky Derby. The inaugural race was run in 1873 and the Preakness Stakes got its name after a winning colt at Pimlico. A horse named Survivor had won that inaugural race by an incredible 10 lengths, which remained a record until Smarty Jones broke it in 2004.

Secretariat, the 1973 Preakness Stakes winner, is the current record holder who finished the race in 1:53 time. Eddie Arcaro is the most successful Preakness Stakes jockey who won the race 6 times, while Bob Baffert is regarded as one of its most famous and successful trainers.

War of Will is the most recent winner of this race who was ridden by Tyler Gaffalione and trained by Mark Casse.

3- Belmont Stakes

Belmont Stakes is held in June every year at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. Belmont Park is regarded as one of the fairest racetracks, and it is also known as “The Championship Track” due to the participation of almost every major American champion in the race.

Belmont Stakes is the oldest of the 3 Triple Crown races and it is the only race where a horse can win the Triple Crown. It is very difficult to win a Triple crown, but when the Triple Crown is on the line then the anticipation and excitement among the crowd is quite something to behold.