Biggest Horse Racing Regions Worldwide

When the horse racing season is coming, buyers and fans will eye major events closer to home. Therefore, we today will provide you a list of the biggest horse racing regions in the world. You can choose the nearest place to attend horse racing events and betting on such sports.

1/ Japan

Few people think that Japan is one of the biggest horse racing regions in the world. However, the world’s third-largest economy is also the largest horse racing market worldwide in terms of value with an annual average revenue of £16 billion.

There are about 21,000 official horse races held in Japan every year, higher than other nations in the world. Of which, the annual Japan Cup, formerly the richest turf race with a £4.3 million prize purse, is the most famous event in this nation.

2/ USA

Horse racing is a nationwide pastime in the USA. With total revenue of £11 billion per year, the USA is home to a various number of prestigious turf events such as Breeders’ Cup, the Arkansas Derby, and the Belmont Stakes.

Besides, horse racing pundits are taking notice of horse racing events in the USA. That’s the reason why major horse racing bets and odds providers are now providing updated odds on all races in the country.

3/ Hong Kong

Despite a small area with about seven million people, Hong Kong has a strong passion for horse racing. This tiny semi-autonomous region’s horse racing industry is worth close to £6 billion a year. Most of which come from the Hong Kong Jockey Club.

Located in the Happy Valley neighborhood of the city, the Jockey Club hosts over 700 races per year and is home to the Asian Racing Federation, the consortium of countries that determines rules of horseracing all around Asia.

4/ Australia 

Australia may be more familiar to racing fans. The Australian horse racing market is valued at £3.7 billion per year. It is home to many famous international races, including the Melbourne Cup and the Sydney Golden Slipper.

Notably, Australia also hosts the glitzy Everest race, the richest turf race in the world since 2017, with a prize purse of £11 million./.

Countries with Highest Supports for Horse Racing

As one of the most popular sports, horse racing events across the world attracted thousands of spectators. However, the fans in the United Kingdom (UK), the Middle East, Australia, France, and the United States have the highest supports for such type of sport.

1/ UK

Horse racing is one of the oldest sports as well as one of the best-loved sports in the UK. Regarding the popularity, horse racing ranks second only after football. It is also popular for betting in the UK.

There are many races held across the country, such as the Epsom Derby, the Royal Ascot, and the Grand National. Horse racing is popular due to the involvement of betting. However, many spectators just enjoy watching the races for entertainment.

2/ Middle East

Horse racing is a popular sport in the UAE, though the betting on such sport is illegal here. The Meydan Racecourse in Dubai is described as the largest horse race in the world. It hosts the Dubai World Cup, which is one of the richest horse racing events worldwide with a prize of $10 million.

3/ Australia

Besides football and rugby, horse racing is one of the most well-known sports in Australia, brings large crowds throughout the year. The country is home to over 300 racecourses, more than any country in the world.

Most of the races organized in Australia are flat ones. Some jumps racing events are held in Victoria and South Australia. Notably, the country holds the Melbourne Cup, known as the “race that stops a nation.”

4/ France

France is one of the leading nations in Europe in horse racing. The most important horse racing event in this country is the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. It is not only the richest race in Europe but also the second richest turf race in the world.

The other famous horse racing events in France are the Prix de Diane, the Grand Prix de Paris, and the Prix du Jockey Club.

5/ America

Beginning from the middle of the 1600s in New York, horse racing is now one of the best-loved sports in the United States in terms of spectator attendance but also for gambling. The U.S.’s horse racing market is worth about $115 billion annually.

Biggest Horse Races in the World (Part 1)

Horse racing is one of the biggest gambling portals globally, with the participation of several multi-millionaires in many countries. The followings are some of the biggest horse races. 

1/ The Preakness Stakes

The Preakness Stakes was started in 1873 with a total track length of 1.2 miles. It is the second part of the U.S. Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing and was organized two weeks after the Kentucky Derby on the third Saturday of May.  

It is also the second-best well-attended horse racing event in the United States of America, behind the Kentucky Derby.

The race ends within two minutes on average, with the fastest time recorded in 1973 at 1:53:00. Because of the dirt track surface, this race requires each horse at the age of at least three and also a thoroughbred. 

2/ Belmont Stakes

Belmont Stakes is the third and the final leg of the U.S. Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing. Started in 1867, the race is also one of the oldest horse races in the USA, with a total track length of 1.5 miles. 

Belmont Stakes is a thoroughbred horse race where the horses must be more than three years old. The record time for the race was 2:24, which was set in 1973.

The race is located in the prime area of a metropolitan city like New York. Belmont Stakes is popular in the television, with 21.9 million people watched the race in the 2004 edition. It is the third most well-attended race in North America, besides the Kentucky Derby and The Preakness Stakes.

3/ The Grand National

The Grand National Steeplechase is one of the most challenging horse races in the world, which has been organized at Liverpool’s Aintree racecourse every year since 1839. Despite the pretty dangerous track, the event attracts most of the top horse racers across the world with its $1.6 million winning prizes. 

The event takes place in April every year and has the attendance of members of the Royal Family among other international celebrities. 

Major Horse Racing Events in America

America is home to several horse racing events, which draw the attention of more and more people every year. These events usually open to racehorses at the age of three or older.

The followings are the most famous horse racing events in America, namely Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks, Preakness Stakes, Breeders’ Cup, and Belmont Stakes.

1/ Kentucky Derby

Kentucky Derby is the first leg of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing. It is considered the most attended horse racing event in America and “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports. The pinnacle of horse racing takes place on the first Saturday of May.

2/Kentucky Oaks

Kentucky Oaks is a premier race for the Thoroughbred racing horse at the age of three at Churchill Downs, the female counterpart to the Kentucky Derby. The $1 million horse racing event is organized on Friday before the Kentucky Derby, which is offered the first Saturday of May every year.

3/Preakness Stakes

Preakness Stakes is the second leg of the Triple Crown running the third Saturday of May. The event takes place at Pimlico Race Course, the second oldest U.S. horse racing track behind Saratoga Race Track.

4/ Breeders’ Cup

Breeders’ Cup holds a series of predominately Grade 1 races. It is designed to be a year-end championship of the top racehorses. It is the fourth-largest attendance draw of the major horse racing events, only behind The Kentucky Derby, The Preakness Stakes, and The Belmont Stakes. The event is organized at Santa Anita Park in Los Angeles, California, in November.

5/Belmont Stakes

Belmont Stakes is the third and the final leg of the Triple Crown. The event is held three weeks after the Preakness Stakes. The horse racing event opens at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York, to three-year-old Thoroughbreds. Belmont Stakes is called “The Test of Champions” as it is a longer track. The 1.5-mile race track often tests the durability of the top racehorses.

A Norwegian billionaire woman who is passionate about horse racing

Jenifer Gates, Norwegian billionaire Alexandra Andresen or America’s expensive heir Georgina Bloomberg has the same passion for horse racing.

Jenifer Gates is the eldest daughter of billionaire Bill Gates and his wife is Melinda Gates. She had a passion for horse racing since she was 6 years old. In 2018, this woman graduated from Stanford University – major in biology. After that, she took a year off to focus on her passion for horseback riding and went to medical school.

To support his passion, billionaire Bill Gates bought land in Wellington, Florida – a place where wealthy riders come. Bill Gates spent $37 million to buy the entire property chain near the estate of Laurene Powell Jobs.

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In January 2020, she announced her engagement to the famous Egyptian horse rider Nayel Nassar. Nassar also attended Stanford University.

Georgina Bloomberg (born in 1983) became an expensive heir when her father owned more than $ 52 billion. Georgina is a horse racing athlete and novelist.

The billionaire woman has won a number of races such as the 2014 Rolex Grand Prix Central Park, winning the team award at the FEI Nations Cup Gijon 2014, Grand Prix Wellington 2015. Thanks to winning big prizes, She makes money and is less dependent on the family economy.

She said participating in this sport comes from animal love. However, 8X has many times suffered injuries during training and competition, caused by spinal degeneration that makes her vulnerable to the back. Besides the passion on horseback, the heiress also pursued a writing career and often gave charity.

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Alexandra Andresen (23) owns a $ 1.2 billion fortune when her father transferred a 42.2% stake in investment company Ferd – one of the largest private companies in Norway. Despite being rich, the Andresen housewives choose a modest and economical way of life.

The 9X currently has 4 horses and a big love for them. Female billionaires also won multiple times in the major races. Alexandra once shared that the strong economy from her family was a big support for her when she came to this “rich” sport, but money was not everything, the most important was passion.

No bragging of brand name, no fancy check-ins or flashy displays, all photos on Alexandra’s profile revolve around love for horses, races, discovery experiences and happiness with her family.

Seven Richest Horse Races in the World- Dubai World Cup, Everest (Part 2)

In the first article of a series of the richest horse races in the world, we had learned about two out of the seven ones, namely Saudi Cup and Pegasus World Cup.

Today, we will continue with the next two names, the Dubai World Cup and The Everest. Those horse races offer a large number of prizes and ransom for players.

3/ The Dubai World Cup

The Dubai World Cup has been organized every year since 1996, marking the end of the UAE racing season. The Grade 1 race was held at the Meydan Racecourse, the United Arab Emirates.

The total prize fund of this horse race has increased to $12 million, of which the winner of the 2019 edition took home an eye-watering of $7.2 million. 

The race with a total length of 10 furlongs has invited four-year-old or above from the Northern Hemisphere and three-year-old or above from the Southern Hemisphere.

Notably, the racing stable of Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum named Godolphin, has enjoyed this race. It saw the seventh victory in 2018 as Thunder Snow, trained by Saeed bin Suroor, set a new dirt-track record.

2/ The Everest 

The world’s richest race Everest, was organized in Royal Randwick, Sydney, Australia. Although it has only existed for two years, Everest has already surpassed the Melbourne Cup as the country’s richest race. 

The race has only selected one winner since its inauguration in 2017. There are 12 positions for players to collect the prizes worth about $400,000 each. However, the payoff could be huger. 

In 2018, the race organizers increased the prize money to $4.5 million for the winner. The figure hiked up to $10 million in 2019 and is expected to be higher again in 2020.

Top Richest Horse Races in the World- Saudi Cup, Pegasus World Cup

Many people are becoming richer and richer from horse racing as such a sport can bring great prizes and the ransom. The followings are the richest horse races in the world, including Saudi Cup and Pegasus World Cup.

1/ Saudi Cup

No horse racing in the world can bring lucrative prize money like Saudi Cup. The race took place at the King Abdulaziz Racetrack in Riyadh in February 2020 with a $20-million pot, announced by Prince Bandar bin Khalid Al Faisal.

The winning horse had a chain to gain $10 million prize money while the horses down to the 10th place earned the remaining $10 million. The race was held over nine furlongs with a total length of 1,800 meters and included a maximum field of 14 starters.

The race was free for the entrance, while the Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia funded the shipment of all invited horses.

2/ Pegasus World Cup

Debuted in 2017 as one of the richest races in the world, the Pegasus World Cup is the epitome of the U.S. lavishness. The race features experienced racers of over four years old.

At the second running in 2018, the prize pot increased by $4 million to $16 million with an entry fee of $1 million for each of 12 slots. Besides, the winner and Gun Runner collected about $7 million this year.

In 2019, the prize pot was divided into two Grade 1 races, namely the new Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational and the Pegasus World Cup Invitational. Of which, the revamped Pegasus World Cup Invitational had a prize fund of $9 million, including $4 million for the winner while the turf race offers a pot of $7 million, including $3 million for the winner.

The entry fee of each race reaches $500,000, with an owner winning a bonus of $1 million if they win both events.

World’s Best Horse Racing Tracks, Most in the United States

Horse racing is a long-standing and traditional sports event in the world. There are now many famous horse racing tracks, most of which are located in the United States, such as Parx, Lone Star Park, and Meadowlands.


Located in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, Parx was known as other names over the years. The horse race was established in 1974 with the name of Keystone Racetrack. It was changed into the Philadelphia Park after a decade and into Parx in 2010.

Parx is chosen to organize many famous leagues such as the Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby and the Grade 1 Cotillion.

Recently, these races have attracted the participation of winners such as champions West Coast, Songbird and Untapable, and Will Take Charge.

2/ Lone Star Park

Established in Texas in 1997, Lone Star Park is one of the newest horse racing tracks in the list. With the first-class facilities, the track hosted many world-famous sports events such as Breeders’ Cup in 2004. 

The race featured the powerhouse performances of Hall of Famers Ghostzapper and Ashado.

3/ Meadowlands

Meadowlands was established in New Jersey in 1976. The horse race is considered as one of the premier harness racing venues in the United States. The horse racing events held in New Jersey, such as Hambletonian are harness racing’s version of the Kentucky Derby.

In 2018, the track opened a sportsbook following New Jersey’s legalization of sports betting. 


Established in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, in 2010, Meydan is the only horse racing track to be located outside the United States in the list thanks to its unique features.

Many top thoroughbreds worldwide have to make a trip to the UAE every winter to run at Meydan. The track hosted the Dubai World Cup, the world’s richest race, with a total value of $12 million. 

 Besides, many top horses of the United States enjoy the significant successes in the race, including Hall of Famers Cigar, Invasor, Curlin, and Silver Charm.

Special Features of Horse Racing in U.S., France, Japan, Australia

Horse racing is one of the oldest racing sports in the world. From the initial format, many countries such as the United States, France, Japan, France, and Australia now have its methods and styles of horse racing. 

Despite not the same extent as other sports, horse racing remains popular in the United States. The most well-known horse racing competitions in the country are the Preakness Stakes, the Kentucky Derby, and the Belmont Stakes. The Triple Crown takes place during early summer.

The Breeders’ Cup is held later and is shown live in the UK TVs both evenings. The competition has a unique concept in the world’s horse racing. The two-day racing is organized at different racetracks in the United States each year.

Hosting over 21,000 races each year, horse racing is very popular in Japan. Of which, the Japan Cup is likely to be the most prestigious horse race in the country. The event always takes place in Tokyo Racecourse, Fuchu, Tokyo in last Sunday in November. It is described as one of the richest horse races in the world to cater for Far East equine sports fanatics.

Besides, the International Invitational Race is one of the most famous competitions in Japan, which attract three British trained horses wining the previous contests.

Australia is said to have the biggest followers for horse racing. The most famous annual horse race in Australia is Melbourne Cup. The event is held by the Victoria Racing Club on the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria, as part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. Launched in 1861, the Melbourne Cup has a long history and gets targeted by horses from all around the world.

Similar with racing in the UK and Ireland, horse racing in France attracts the best jockeys and trainers in the world. France also holds some of the biggest National Hunt racing outside the UK and Ireland.

California Horse Racing Board Approves Restrictive Whip Rule

According to a new rule approved by the California Horse Racing Board, jockeys competing in California won’t be allowed to strike a horse more than 6 times during a race, and then only in an underhanded position.

The rule will allow no more than two strikes in succession using whips that have to meet new board standards to soften the blows.

The board voted 4-2 in a meeting that lasted nearly seven hours on Thursday to approve the rule that was first proposed in March of last year. Commissioners Dennis Alfieri and Ale x Solis, a retired Hall of Fame jockey, represented the no votes.

Along with riders Mike Smith and Aaron Gryder, representatives from the Jockeys’ Guild, had urged the board to wait at least one month before voting in order to allow more time for a proposed national whip rule to be implemented.

However, board Chairman Gregory Ferraro disagreed by saying that California should set the tone in reforming how racehorses are treated instead of waiting for a national standard.

Meanwhile, Attorney Shane Gusman, representing the Jockeys’ Guild, said before the vote that whipping guidelines that were based on public perception would lead to the negative impact and potential accidents in the sport in California.

The Jockeys’ Guild responded in a later statement, addressing Ferraro’s comment about keeping the status quo by saying that nothing could be further from the truth and was beyond offensive. They completely recognize the need to change the existing use of the crop rules and the Guild had actively been engaging in meetings throughout the country, not only in California, in order to establish a uniform rule.

CHRB Rule 1688 will also prohibit the usage of whips during morning training as well as after the finish of races.

The rule must be reviewed by state officials and it may be October before it takes effect.