The Biggest Horse Races in the World
Horse race fans can find many ways to wager on the biggest races in the world. In this article, we’ll discuss the Triple Crown, the British and American Triple Crown, the Santa Anita Handicap, and the King’s Plates. We’ll also discuss the nuances of wagering on these races, as well as how to make a good bet. If you’re a novice to horse racing, we recommend starting small and limiting your wagers.
The American Triple Crown
The Triple Crown is a series of horse races for three-year-old Thoroughbreds, including the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes. Each race is highly prestigious, and many people travel to attend. The three races are the most important in the racing calendar.
In the 1930s, a sportswriter named Charles Hatton began using the term “triple crown” to describe the three major horse races in the American racing season. His term quickly gained popularity, and the term “triple crown” became a popular term in horse racing.
The British and American Triple Crown
The Triple Crown horse race is an elite competition for the best 3-year-old Thoroughbreds. It is one of only four Triple Crown horse races in the world, and a horse can only compete in the race once in his or her lifetime. The races are run over two weeks and are only open to male and female Thoroughbreds. Although fillies are permitted to compete in the Triple Crown races, they are very rare and have never won. To be eligible for the race, horses must be nominated by the racing authorities. There is a fee associated with this, and the nomination process usually happens in late winter. However, sometimes nominations are made just days before the race. In this case, the fee increases dramatically.
Since the first Triple Crown race was run in 1869, there have only been a few winners. The last one was Nijinsky in 1970, which was the first Triple Crown winner in 35 years. Other notable winners include Cotherstone (1843) and Ladas (1894), which won the first two Triple Crown races. In 2012, Camelot finished second to Encke at Doncaster.
The Santa Anita Handicap
The Santa Anita Handicap is an annual Grade I race held in early March at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. The race is contested by four-year-old Thoroughbred horses. The race is often considered one of the most important races in North America for older horses.
Initially held for three and four-year-old horses, the Santa Anita Handicap offers a large purse. When it was first run in 1935, the purse was $100,000. This was a huge sum in those days. As a result, the race was sometimes referred to as the “Hundred Grander” or “The Big Cap”.
The King’s Plates
The Queen’s Plate is one of Canada’s oldest Thoroughbred horse races. It was first run in 1860 and is the oldest continuously running race in North America. It is contested by a maximum of seventeen three-year-old Thoroughbred horses bred in Canada.
While most people associate the King’s Plate with the racecourse, it is often used for training young horses for the races. It is also popular with smaller hunters and western pleasure horses. The web is slightly wider than most other shoes, which provides good base support. They are available in three and four-1/2-inch race punting.