Most Viewed US Race Meets

The United States is home to some of the most famous racetracks in the world and they play host to several major meets throughout the year. Horse racing has always been a hugely popular sport in the US but did you know it is possible to enjoy free bets for Horse Racing?

Several of the leading US bookmakers offer free bets for horse racing, including AmWager and TVG. With the introduction of legal online gambling in the United States, horse racing betting is more popular than ever before, especially throughout the most viewed US race meets.

When discussing the biggest race meets in the United States, it is impossible to ignore the Kentucky Derby Festival. This meet is held in May every year at Churchill Downs and it is home to the Kentucky Derby, one of the most famous horse races in the world. With $3 million in prize money to be shared, it is little wonder this race and festival attracts so much attention across the globe. The Kentucky Derby is known as the run for the roses because traditionally, the winners are draped in a blanket of the flowers at the end.

Next, we come to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, an annual series of races spread across two days of thrilling action. The venue for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships changes every year, but more often than not it is held somewhere in the United States, with Canada having staged the championships just once in its history. However, regardless of where the event is held, the Breeders’ Cup World Championships always attracts huge viewing figures and in 2016 there were over 118,000 people at Santa Anita Park. The Breeders’ Cup Classic is the race everyone always looks forward to and it is considered by many to be the top thoroughbred horse race of the year in the US.

Moving on and one of the most viewed US race meets of the year is the Pegasus World Cup Invitational. Despite being launch in 2017, making it one of the latest additions to the horse racing calendar in the United States, the Pegasus World Cup Invitational has become a must watch for horse racing fans. Many of the leading horses from the US and around the world attend this meeting and there are two Grade 1 stakes races, with a total a combined purse of $4 million. It is not uncommon to spot celebrities at this meeting and thousands of fans around the world enjoy having a wager on the event.

In terms of individual races, one of the longest running in the United States is the Preakness Stakes. This race was inaugurated in 1873 and is held on the third Saturday in May each year at Pimlico Race Course. It is one of the three races which combine to complete the Triple Crown and the attendance at the racetrack is only bettered by the Kentucky Derby. The total purse for the race is over $1 million, making it one of the richest individual races in the United States.