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.
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.
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.
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.