Come to Kentucky to watch the horse racing (Part 1)

Kentucky’s most prominent occurrence is the Kentucky Derby-one of North America’s most famous horse racing festivals held at Churchill Downs, outside Louisville. This spectacular race still draws a large amount of visitors every year.


Horse racing in North America is a major money-gathering” industry worth tens of millions of dollars. Racehorses in North America typically start racing when they’re just 2 years old. The main leagues in North America are Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont. All three awards are for three-year-old ponies, “The Triple Crown” together.

Horse racing in Kentucky is rich in tradition, beginning in 1789 when the first race took place in Lexington. It was almost 100 years later, though in 1875, that Churchill Downs formally opened its doors and started its history with the name “Home of the Kentucky Derby”

Churchill Downs was founded in 1872 when Colonel Meriwether Lewis Clark arrived in England and France in 1872. Clark was present at the Epsom Derby in England, which inspired his passion to create a horse racing festival. Similar to those of America. Upon his return, Clark started to create a track with the intention of introducing Kentucky’s livestock industry and gradually became known as the “Churchill Downs”

Churchill Downs saw its first official race date, which opened on 17 May 1875

In this first tournament, Meriwether Lewis Clark created three major races, Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks and Clark Handicap. They are modeled after the top three races in England-the Epsom Derby, the Epsom Oaks and the St. Leger Stakes. 

Churchill Downs is currently managed and run by Churchill Downs Incorporated and holds the record for the longest continuous sporting occurrence in the United States. In 1875, the race paved the way for nearly 10,000 fans and set the scene for a world-renowned festival with a record attendance of more than 170,000 people. Although there have been several improvements over the three decades, Kentucky Derby is regarded as the most interesting two minutes in a sports tournament because each race lasts just around that length of time.

The most amazing horse race in the world that you can join at least once

From snowy ranges, beaches, lakes to five-star hotels, these 10 racecourses are known to be the most stunning places in the country.

Born in ancient Rome, the first mode of racing is harness racing. Today, horse racing has grown around the world. The horse racing industry is booming, too. 

Meydan, Dubai

Located in a cluster of five-star hotels, restaurants and museums in Dubai, the Meydan Racecourse is ranked among the most stunning horse racing in the world.

St. Moritz, Switzerland

St. Moritz, Switzerland is renowned for its skiing and is also a world-class horse racing festival. This is where the annual White Turf horse race takes place, lasting three days. 

The special part is that it’s held on a frozen bay

Flemington, Australia

Flemington is the oldest racing route in Australia and hosts the Melbourne Cup as well. It began to be used in 1840, when Melbourne was just five years old.

Piazza del Campo, Italy

The Piazza del Campo racecourse has been around since the Middle Ages. There’s no racetrack like this location because it’s built in such a manner that the whole track circles the audience’s spot.

Ascot, England

The name Ascot reminded tourists of the luxury, sophistication and luxury of the royal family. This race course has been opened by Queen Anne since 1711. It is also the location of the annual Royal Ascot-one of the most significant events in the United Kingdom.

Chantilly, France

Attractive and timeless, the Chantilly Racecourse is situated in front of the quaint 16th-century castle and Chateau de Chantilly and the Great Stables stables in the forest north of Paris.

Laytown, Ireland

Laytown is the only official beach horse race track in Europe. This 150-year-old race track on the Irish coast draws more than 5,000 visitors a year.

Goodwood, England

Goodwood is one of the biggest horse races in the United Kingdom. It’s settled in the countryside of Sussex. It has been a race since 1802 and is also the location of the famed Glorious Goodwood event.

Japan’s slowest horse race in the world

People organized a sluggish horse race in Hokkaidō, and the quickest finishing horses would not have won. 

Pace is still the most important thing in horse racing around the world. But for Ban’ei, a form of horse racing on the Japanese island of Hokkaidō, strength and stamina came first, according to Odd.

Ban’ei racing horses (also known as banba) are distinctive from other fast-running purebred horses. They weigh up to 1,200 kg and are twice the size of the tiny Dosanko ponies, native to Hokkaidō. Banba is a hybrid horse from France and Belgium, which originated in Japan at the end of the 19th century to support farmers with farming.

It is actually considered a Japanese breed and is capable of bearing and pulling large loads. It is also used in reverse horse racing on the island called: the slowest horse racing in the world. 

In order to compete in the game, the Ban’ei race horses must pull sleds weighing between 450 kg and a ton on the sand track. They could pass at least two steep roads, too.

The horse trainer is also competing in the race

So they don’t have to push their animals to move quickly. Simply put, they only need to inspire the horse to go on. They can also ask the horse to stop relaxing because they have to clear two obstacles. The animal that wins does not depend on how quick or slow it is, but the winner is the one that has the power to drag the sled to the finish.

The game dates back to 1887, but it was not until the 20th century that the sport became popular in Hokkaidō. At its heyday in 1991, sluggish horse races took place in the cities of Obihiro, Asahikawa, Kitami and Iwamizawa. Ticket purchases totalled more than 32 billion yen (6,853 billion dong). However, not long after the Japanese economy entered a period of contraction, only one horse racing track existed in Obihiro in 2006.

Top 7 of the world’s most popular horse races

In England, after baseball, horse racing draws an audience. A record $100 billion is spent on sports betting per year.

Santa Anita Racetrack (USA): founded in 1924 in the city of Arcadia, USA. Dubbed the most stunning and new racecourse in the world with a track length of 1,6 km and a capacity of more than 26,000 seats. Not just the racetrack, Santa Anita is also a complex of gardens, theme parks and a 1,3-hectare picnic just within the track.

Aintree Racecourse (UK): built in 1829 in the port city of Liverpool , England, Aintree is one of the longest race routes in the world with a life span of almost 200 years. The racetrack has 6 races, the longest of which is 6 km.

Flemington Racecourse (Australia): built in 1840 in the city of Melbourne, the Flemington Racecourse is Oceania’s most new racetrack with a record capacity of up to 120,000 seats.

Tokyo Racecourse (Japan): built in 1933 with a capacity of 233,000 people. 

This is one of the biggest and most new racecourses in Asia

Saratoga Racecourse (USA): Built in 1863 in the town of Saratoga Springs, this racecourse survived two world wars, and was abandoned during the time of American law barring betting.

Meydan Racecourse (UAE): considered a sub-city in the most lavish city on the planet Dubai, it is easy to understand why this racetrack is placed 5th in the ranking.

Epsom Downs Racecourse (UK): The longest track, 2.4 km, is the race track with a capacity of about 160,000 spectators. Epsom Downs has a chain of pubs, golf courses and other luxurious facilities as well as several other British races.

Ascot Racecourse (UK): In England, horse races are often said to be the meeting spot of the nobility and the wealthy, and so Ascot is where the members of the British Royal often go. This racetrack is the only track that can be named after King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.

Horse racing in different nations (P2)

Argentine horse racing

There are a lot of races in Argentina, although it is not regularly broadcast outside the country. You can find races through a number of bookmakers online, with the main venue being the Hipodromo Argentino de Palermo, which hosts the National Derby, known as the Gran Premio Nacional.

Canadian horse racing

Most famous for the races at Woodbine, the races in Canada and North America go hand in hand. Storing its own three-crown version, it has some of the best qualities of the race outside of Europe.

Horse racing in the Czech Republic

Although the Czech Republic is not famous for horse racing, it hosts one of the largest National Hunt races on the international racing calendar. Velka Pardubicka takes place over 4m 2f and many types of fences. The unique, challenging nature means it deserves a spot on any National Hunt fan’s group roster.

German horse racing

Hosting seven Group 1 races per calendar year, Germany is home to some of the world’s best riders. The list of honors includes Andrasch Stark, 2011 winners of Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes in 2012.

The season runs from April to November, with Group 1 competitions mainly taking place in July, August, and September on 10 to 12 teams.

Indian horse racing

With nine locations and quite a few followers nationwide, horse racing in India has been going on for over two hundred years. Hosted to five classic races, including the Indian Derby, it can often be found on specialized online bookmakers in UK and Ireland mornings.

Japanese horse racing

With more than 21,000 races each year, Japanese racing is very popular. With ten primary races hosting races for significant awards, the Japan Cup is perhaps the most prestigious of its kind. In an International Invitational race, three British trained horses had won the competition earlier.

Scandinavian horse racing

Unlike in most other territories, racing in Scandinavia (and Finland) is a harness racing, also known as “trottin”. It is organized just like purebred racing in the rest of the world, although the number of attendees does not match the popularity of betting.

Horse racing in different nations

Horse racing is a worldwide sport. Here are some nations in which horse racing is very popular.

1/ American horse racing

Despite not being the same popularity as the other sports, horse racing remains popular in the United States of America.

Flat racing is the main form of horse racing in this nation and is included in many famous events such as the Preakness Stakes, the Triple Crown, and the Belmont Stakes during early summer. It is followed by the later season, such as the Breeders’ Cup.

2/ Australia horse racing

Australia probably has the largest number of horse racing followers outside of Europe. It is home to “the race that stops the nation” in the Melbourne Cup and has many talented horses, including the unstoppable horse Winx. This is the most comparable to the British race.

3/ French horse racing

Like British and Irish racing, French horse racing has numerous talents, including some of the best trainers and jockeys in the world. Of whom, Andre Fabre is the most well-known while Christophe Soumillon is recruited by the best of the best.

France is the host of some biggest and best National Hunt horse racing events outside of Great Britain and Ireland.

4/ Hong Kong horse racing

Known as the most modern-looking race track in the amazing Happy Valley, Hong Kong has two racecourses which host over 650 events per year. The prize money in such races is attractive. Many British jockeys such as Silvestre De Sousa often spend the winter riding in Hong Kong.

5/ Dubai horse racing

Located in the UAE, Meydan is the jewel of Dubai’s racing crown. The mile-long grandstand opened in 2010 in the middle of the desert.

Dubai usually holds the horse racing event from November to March, with the peaks of the Dubai World Cup Night at the end of the season.

With $25 million worth of prize in 2018, the Dubai World Cup is the world’s richest horse race in the world.

Five Famous Horse Races Worldwide (P2)

3/ Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

Some websites have described Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe as the greatest horse race in the world. However, it only ranks third in our list of top five horse races in the world. It is because the race has yet to reach Derby’s lengthy history. In 2020, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe will celebrate the 100 years of racing.

Many people think that such a race is held in Qatar. It is a fact that the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is organized on the Longchamp Racecourse in France, following most of the promotional materials.

Known as the Arc, this race is considered as the second richest race in the world, behind the Everest. With a prize purse of $5.5 million, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is the most prestigious racing event in Europe.

4/ Dubai World Cup

Dubai World Cup is the newest horse race in our list, with the first horse racing just over two decades in 1996. However, it offers an amazing prize purse of $12 million. The race is held on the Meydan Racecourse, Dubai, UAE on the last Saturday of March annually.

The Dubai World Cup has recently won the crown as the richest horse race in the world. The race lost this title in 2017 to the Pegasus World Cup. However, the American horse race reduced its prize purse by $7 million to $8 million in 2019.

The Dubai World Cup is part of the Dubai World Cup Night Event, whose overall purse reaches under $30 million.

5/ Kentucky Derby

Started in 1875, Kentucky Derby is the world’s most famous horse race. It is the primary leg of the Triple Crown and takes place on the first Saturday of May annually.

It is known as the Fastest Two Minutes in Sport with the participation of three-year-old thoroughbreds racing a ten-furlong track. The event draws a huge crowd, with 158,070 attendees in 2017.

Five Famous Horse Races Worldwide

Horse racing is one of the oldest sports in the world, whose beauty lies in horses, jockeys, tracks, and race. Here are the most famous horse races worldwide.

1/ Epsom Derby

Epsom Derby is one of the most long-lasting horse races in the world. It can trace the root of 1780 England. The horse race is famous for the tradition, history, and the weight of sheer prestige.

It is undoubted that Epsom Derby is the most famous English horse race. The country simply knows it as “the Derby.” The prize purse of the race can reach $2 million.

The Epsom Derby horse race is attracted the participation of members of the Royal Family. The event is also popular with those who cannot attend. Many British fans glued to their favorite livestream horse racing channel.

Epsom Derby is regularly organized on the first Saturday of June annually. It is the middle leg of the legendary horse race Triple Crown. The race allows three-year-old colts and fillies.

2/ Breeders’ Cup Classic

Despite its relative youth, the Breeders’ Cup Classic is the richest horse race in the United States. The prize purse triples that at the Epsom Derby with $6 million.

Unlike the Epsom Derby, which always takes place at the Epsom Downs, the venues of Breeders’ Cup Classic are changed. The horse race have been held on the U.S. soil, except for the 1996 one, which was organized at the the Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Canada.

Breeders’ Cup Classic is an unpredictable horse race with the participation of all being top notch thoroughbreds. The race is limited to 14 starters at the same time.

Last year, the Breeders’ Cup Classic was organized at Santa Anita Park with a totaled distance of 1.25 miles. The event had Grade 1 opened to horses at the age of three years old.

Different Horse Racing Worldwide (P3)

In the previous parts, we knew about horse racing in the Americas. Today, we will continue with the other continents in the world.

Horse Racing in Europe

Horse racing is popular in several nations in Europe. They include Poland, the Czech Republic, and Hungary. However, France is the main horse racing country in Europe outside of Ireland and the United Kingdom (UK).

The most important horse racing event in Europe is the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. It is also the richest race in the continent and the second richest race in the world. The annual event is organized at Longchamp Racecourse in Paris.

Horse Racing in Asia

There are many nations in Asia that horse racing is popular. The continent is also home to several major horse races in the world. The regions in which horses racing are more popular than others include Hong Kong, Japan, and the United Arab Emirates.

The Meydan Racecourse in Dubai is described to be the biggest horse race track in the world. It is also an amazing complex that contains a hotel, a theater, a museum, and restaurants.

Dubai is also home to the world’s richest horse race Dubai World Cup with a purse of ten million dollars.

Meanwhile, horse racing in Hong Kong has a long history. Formed in 1884, the Hong Kong Jockey Club is considered one of the oldest sporting institutions in the region.

Horse racing is also popular in India, Singapore, Malaysia, China, and the Philippines.

Horse Racing in Africa

Horse racing is not famous in Africa. However, it is popular in Mauritius and South Africa.

The Champ de Mars Racecourse is one of the most horse racing courses in Mauritius, attracting crowds of about 20,000 and hosts a wide range of classic events each year.

Meanwhile, horse racing has been organized in South Africa since the beginning of the 19th century. The Durban July Handicap is the leading race in the country, drawing crowds of 50,000. The Summer Cup and the J & B Met are also notable horse races in the region.

Different Horse Racing Worldwide (P2)

In the first article of a series of different horse racing worldwide, we learn about horse racing in the United Kingdom and the United States, two out of three major countries in the sector.

Today, we will continue learning about horse racing in the remaining Australia.


Thoroughbred horse racing is one of the most popular sports in Australia; with the number attendances only lower than football and rugby league.

Australia is home to over 300 racecourses, higher than any other country in the world, and only lower than that in the United States.

Australia also ranked third in terms of the amount of prize money award yearly, behind the United States and Japan.

Like the United States, the majority of horse racing in Australia is on the flat but there is some racing over hurdles and fences organized in Victoria and South Australia.

As other nations, betting on horse racing in Australia is commonplace and an important part of this sport.

History of Australian Horse Racing

Horse racing was one of the oldest sporting activities in Australia. When British ships arrived to establish a new colony in the country, they also brought horses. It was not long until races were taking place. Then, further horses were imported. The organized horse racing took place a few more years later.

The first official horse race was organized at Hyde Park in Sydney in 1810. After that, it was spread to the most populated regions within the country.

The Australian Jockey Club was launched in 1842 and other horse racing related clubs and organizations were then formed.

By the beginning of the 20th century, horse racing was established as part of sporting culture in Australia and has continued to grow since.

Horse racing regulations

Among several regulatory bodies for horse racing, the Australian Racing Board (ARB) takes the ultimate responsibility. Despite the independence, the Registrar of Racehorses and the Australian Stud Book still have to report to the ARB.

Besides, each state has a Principal Club and may have other official clubs to organize the horse races within the region.