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.

Introduction

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.

Different Horse Racing Worldwide (P1)

Horse racing events are organized in many different parts of the world. The United Kingdom, America, and Australia are home to some of the most important horse races.

Besides, major horse races take place in a number of other nations too, such as France, Japan, and the United Arab Emirates.

Today, we will provide you some details of the horse racing in all of the world’s regions, focusing on the biggest races that take place.

1/ Horse Racing in UK, U.S., Australia

Horse racing is the most important sport in the UK, the U.S., and Australia.

  • Horse Racing in UK

Behind only football, horse racing attracts the second largest number of spectators in the country. It was organized in the UK hundreds of years ago. However, it was not until the 17th century that it became a formally organized sport in the country.

There are a vast majority of horse racing organized in the UK. However, they are divided into two categories namely flat and National Hunt.

As the name suggests, flat racing take place on courses that are flat without obstacles. Meanwhile, horses in the National Hunt have to jump over obstacles such as fences or hurdles.

  • Horse Racing in the U.S.

Horse racing is a massive spectator sport in the United States, originated in New York State in 1665. Since the establishment, the horse racing has developed into a massive industry with race track grandstands of over 100,000 seats.

There are many different kinds of horse races in the United States, divided based on location, distance, and the exclusion or inclusion of obstacles. The most popular types of races in the United States are quarter horse races, thoroughbred horse races, thoroughbred flat horse races, thoroughbred horse jump races, standard horse races, endurance horse races, and Arabian horse races.

Notably, the most important horse races in the United States are the Triple Crown Series, the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, the Belmont Stakes, and the Breeder’s Cup. (to be continued)

Best Horse Races in Australia

Australia is home to a thriving horse racing industry with a packed calendar of annual events spanning a wide range of racecourses, distances, and prize pools. The followings are the best horse races in this nation.

1/Melbourne Cup

Known as the race that stops the nation, the Melbourne Cup is the world’s richest handicap for thoroughbred racehorses. The event is annually organized on the first Tuesday in November and attracts competitors from across Australia and the globe to Flemington Racecourse.

The competing horses and jockeys compete at the 3,200 meters to gain the first prize of $3.6 million.

2/ Golden Slipper Stakes

Debuted in 1957, the Golden Slipper Stakes is recognized as one of the pre-eminent races of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival. The event is held at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse in early April, making for the perfect conditions for talented young sprinters. With the prize money of $3.5 million, the Golden Slipper Stakes has become the richest two-year-old race in the world.

3/ Cox Plate

Cox Plate takes place during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival in October, attracting competitors to Moonee Valley Racecourse with a total prize of over $3 million.

It is the second richest horse race in Australia, behind the Melbourne Cup. The race covers 2,040 meters and becomes one of the nation’s premier weight-for-age championships.

4/ Caulfield Cup

Caulfield Cup is recognized as one of the toughest handicap races in the world, with a total race of over 2,400 meters. With a full prize pool of $3 million, the track joins the ranks of the richest horse races in Australia. 

Caulfield Cup is organized during the annual Caulfield Spring Racing Carnival in the middle of October and attracts competitors from the nation and the globe. 

5/ Railway Stakes

The Railway Stakes becomes one of the biggest races of the Perth Summer Racing Carnival calendar, which attracts all horses at the age of three or over. The 1,600-meter race gives a total prize pool of $1 million, making it’s the richest race in Western Australia. The annual event is organized during November at Ascot Racecourse.

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.