Now, horse racing isn’t something new. In fact, the sport has been a popular form of spectator sports from at least 700 BC, far before the invention of other games like basketball, football, and baseball.
One of the world’s most popular year-round sports, the “Sport of Kings”, horse racing features virtually daily races and more than 300 dirt track or grass venues across the world.
The most prominent horse races in the world attract hundreds of spectators every year. The five most important horse races in the world are listed here.
1. Epsom Derby
The Epsom Derby is a Grade 1 flat race held at historic Epsom Downs over a length of 2,420 meters (1 mile, four furlongs).
Around 130,000 people attend each year to watch England’s most prestigious flat horse race, which has been running since 1780.
During a discussion between Sir Charles Bunbury and Edward Stanley, the twelfth Earl of Derby, the concept for a race for colts and fillies on the Derby Downs was floated, and a coin flip decided on the race’s title. Derby won it and created history.
2. Royal Ascot
Ascot Racecourse’s Gold Cup is the most prestigious race in Britain for horses that excel at long distances.
Ladies’ Day is the third day of Royal Ascot’s four-day meeting, which brings together the worlds of elite attire, high status, and horse sport; the Group 1 flat race has a total length of 4,014 meters.
Ascot, which is 6 miles from Windsor Castle, is a frequent destination for members of the Royal Family. The Queen has won several races at Royal Ascot with her own Thoroughbred horses, which includes the 2013 Gold Cup by Estimate.
3. Breeders’ Cup Classic
In North America, the Breeders’ Cup Classic is considered among the most renowned competitions and is the final leg of horse racing’s Grand Slam, which just one Thoroughbred has accomplished, American Pharoah in 2015.
One of the world’s richest horse races, the Breeders’ Cup Classic has a $6 million prize fund and has traditionally been one of the most-watched horse racing events in North America.
Eclipse Award for American Horse of the Year traditionally goes to the champion of the one quarter mile dirt event, Featuring the most recent two Classic winners, Authentic and Knicks Go.
4. Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe
The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, named after the Arc de Triomphe, is the biggest horse race in Europe and the fifth richest race on the turf in the world, after three Australian events and one in Dubai.
For the best horses in the world to compete in the 2,400 meter Group 1 flat race, which is open to three-year-olds and up but geldings, there is a top reward of €2,857,000, more than $3.1 million.
When it comes to the quality of its field, the Longines World Racing Awards have rated it number one for foreign handicappers four of the last six years.
5. Kentucky Derby
Few competitive events are as avidly anticipated as the Kentucky Derby (G1), also known as the two quickest minutes in sports.
On the first Saturday in May, Churchill Downs attracts thousands of spectators, including some of the world’s most recognized celebrities, to see three-year-old Thoroughbreds compete in the 1 1/4-mile dirt race that serves as the first round of Triple Crown competition.
Secretariat and American Pharoah are two of the most famous horses to win the Kentucky Derby and wear the garland of roses in the winner’s enclosure.
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