Horse racing is hosted across the globe, and the U.S. is home to some of the prevalent horse racing events in the world. Some large events take place throughout the world of horse racing, and the US is no stranger to these gargantuan gatherings.
There’s a lot to talk about regarding the best horse racing within the U.S., but there’s no doubt the Kentucky Derby holds the number one spot.
The Kentucky Derby is part of a trio of events, called the Triple Crown. This event has been hosted for 146 years and has reined in attention across the world. It continues to be the largest horse racing event across the globe, resulting in some huge purses.
This is one serious horse racing event…2020 will be the 146th event to be hosted at the Kentucky Derby Festival, Churchill Downs.
The prize money at this event is nothing to turn your nose up at either…with an estimated $1.8 million for 1st place and record odds being smashed at a rate of 91-1. If you want to try your hand at these types of odds, you can download the TVG mobile app and test your luck.
This prestigious event attracts a broad audience from around the world and is accompanied by the “triple crown,” which also includes the Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.
Overall, the Country House took the win, regardless of the finish line cross made by Maximum Security. However, Maximum Security was later disqualified for interference by changing lanes without the right clearance on the last turn, which hindered other horses’ performance.
Being the second-in-line for the triple crown U.S., the Preakness Stakes is another big deal.
The Preakness Stakes will be held on Saturday, 3rd October 2020, and it’s happening at the famous Pimlico Racecourse in Baltimore. Usually, this comes roughly two weeks after the renowned Kentucky Derby, but due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, that’s been extended to four weeks.
The vast stakes are challenged on a distance of 1 3/16 miles of the racetrack, making for some intense spectating.
Although the event is the second shortest out of the esteemed three, the purse still boasts a $1.5 million payout, which is enough to attract more than your average punter.
The Belmont Stakes is the last to fall in-line at the Triple Crown event, officially being named the “Test of the Champion.”
Again, these stakes aren’t something to be taken lightly, with purses as much as $1.5 million; it’s something to get excited about. The event takes place at the prestigious Belmont Park, with a distance of 1 /12 miles, converting to roughly 12 furlongs on the racetrack.
The most dominant display was set by the famous Secretariat in 1973, with a time of 2:24.00 flat. This took the whole event by storm and still hasn’t been beaten by any horse to this very day.
Exalted Secretariat smashed the winning margin with a margin of 31 lengths, making it arguably the most impressive performance in horse racing history.