6 Of The Best Horse Races From Around The World
Racing and competition is well in our nature, when it comes to sports. It's definitely apparent in the world of horse racing. Where the jockeys go head-to-head with each other on the track as spectators root for their chosen jockey to win.
Though there are many racing events that are constantly happening around the world, only a few make the biggest names in the prestigious world of horse racing events:
6. Kentucky Derby, USA
Held annually in Louisville, Kentucky, on the first Saturday in May in conjunction with the Kentucky Derby Festival that last for two weeks. Known in the US as the “Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” due to the approximated duration of the race, it is also called “The Run for the Roses".
The annual tradition started in 1875 and is held at Churchill Downs racetrack in south Louisville, ever since. The attendance for this derby ranks at #1 in North America surpassing all other stakes races.
The track is 1.25 miles (2 kilometers) and has a fastest ever record of 1:59 2/5 minutes set by a horse named Secretariat in 1973. The race also has a purse of $2million USD and is the first of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing series in the US.
5. Dubai Duty Free Stakes, Dubai
Held in the Meydan Racecourse in Dubai during the Dubai World Cup Night every March. The track is 1.12 miles (1.7 kilometers) long and is on the turf on the Meydan Racecourse. The speed record here is 1:42.52 minutes by a horse named Just A Way, set in 2014. The race itself is for four-year old and above thorough breed racehorses and has a purse of $5million USD.
The race was inaugurated in 1996 and recently changed its name to Dubai Turf in 2015.
4. Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, France
This is one of Europe's biggest horse racing events. Open to thoroughbreds 3 years or older, it is held at Longchamp Racecourse in Paris, France. The race is often referred to as ‘Arc' rather than the full name and is currently the world's second richest horse race and richest turf race.
Inaugurated in 1920, the race has a purse of €5million Euros ($5,492,500 USD) with a distance of 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) and the speed record here is held by a horse named Danedream, that won the race in 2011 at 2:24.49 minutes
3. Melbourne Cup, Australia
Known as the “Race That Stops A Nation', the Melbourne Cup is a 2 mile (3.2 kilometers) race and is Australia's most prestigious horse race. Held at the Flemington Racecourse annually by Victoria Racing Club, on the first Tuesday in November.
Started in 1861, this thoroughbred race has a purse of $6.2million AUS ($4,501,510 USD). Kingston Rule is the racehorse that holds the record here at 3:16.3 minutes, which was set in 1990.
2. Breeders' Cup World Championships, USA
This race is special; the location changes each year for the annual series of thoroughbred races that make up the Breeders' Cup. Ran by Breeders' Cup Limited which was formed in 1982, this annual series was inaugurated in 1984. The series is a two-day event held in the US and has used tracks such as Churchill Downs in Kentucky, Monmouth Park in New Jersey and Santa Anita Park in California.
This event has one of the biggest purse distributions at $25.5million USD., and has earn the title of the ‘Richest 2 Days in Sports'.
1. The Royal Ascot, England
Image: The Queen and Prince Philip at the Royal Ascot
This race dates back to 1711 and has been part of British tradition ever since. Founded by Queen Anne, the event is attended by members of the British Royal Family, including the Queen. It lasts a week-long and made up of a series of 16 group races around a 1.75 mile (2.8 kilometers) track. The event is the highlight of the British summer social calendar in June.
Depending on where you sit, you will have to abide by a strict dress code. The Royal Enclosure is restricted with high security on the day and can only be attended by someone who has gained membership.
Of course, as traditions go, there are others that also make up the day, such as the Royal Procession and the Military Bands.
The purse at the Royal Ascot was £5million pounds ($7,451,750 USD) in 2013.