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The U.S. Triple Crown Explained

 Guest Post

For a very long time, the thought of the Triple Crown was viewed as impossible: during the 59 years spanning from 1919 through to 1978, only 11 horses managed to win the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes in the same year. This means an average of around one ever five to six years!

The Triple Crown Reaches Mythical Status

And then, as punters of a certain age who enjoy horse racing as part of the Australian sports betting sites becoming more and more available will remember, the drought descended, after Affirmed last managed the feat in 1978. Ten years. 20 Years. 30 years… Anyone younger than their mid-40s or so will not have any real evidence that anyone has ever managed to take the Triple Crown except for some low-quality videos, most likely taken from before they were born!

Triple Crown trophy

American Pharoah Manages to Break the Spell

And then, in 2015, American Pharoah declared impossible is nothing, and managed the feat in 2015. While horse racing does not still have the same wide range of appeal as it once did, the American imagination was once more captivated when Pharoah completed his historic run at the Belmont Stakes. People tuned in on their TVs, streamed the race online, and even viewed it on the video boards of certain stadiums.

Why We Still Care

 As expensive as it is to get into jump racing or horse racing seriously these days, as an owner or spectator if the truth be told, the Kentucky Derby, which takes place every May still stands as one of the most-viewed sporting events on the American calendar. And, if the Derby winner manages to take first place in the Preakness two weeks later, you will hear his name over and over again, everywhere.

The fact is, while horse racing no longer has the same widespread appeal as it enjoyed in the 1930s, these events make for some rather compelling drama. You may not have any connection to the sport, but the Triple Crown is still a feat to behold. It is also rather enjoyable to make a pick for the winner and then have the answer revealed!


More About the Races Making Up the Triple Crown 

The three jewels in the crown are made up of:

  1. The 1 and 1/4 mile Kentucky Derby, which takes place on the first Saturday in May of every year at the Churchill Downs, in Louisville. A maximum of 20 horses, along with four alternates that are also eligible, are able to enter.
  2. The 1 and 3/16 mile Preakness Stakes, which takes place on the third Saturday of each May at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. 14 horses may enter, along with 2 alternates that are eligible as well.
  3. The 1 1/2 miles Belmont Stakes take place on the third Saturday following the Preakness, at Elmont, New York’s Belmont Park. As many as 16 horses may enter.

All three of these races are listed as Grade 1 races, the highest possible level, and are only open to horses aged three-years old.

The Top Horse Races for the Beginning of 2018

by International Correspondent

Here with find the horse races that you need to know about for 2018. Horse racing is a pursuit which takes place all year-round, with millions of dollars at stake across the world. The calendar for horse racing, particularly the Flat season, offers many chances for both legendary horses like Winx and jockeys to lay claim to huge prizes and sporting immortality.

And, for those who take part in this sport thanks to the betting sites in Australia and the rest of the world, there is the chance to take some big money home as well!

pegasus world cup logoThe Preeminent Pegasus World Cup

The Pegasus World Cup took place on January 27th at Gulfstream Park, in Florida, in the USA. this is the world’s richest horse race, with a prize of US$16 million up for grabs. Each of the 12 owners put in US$1 million, and the fund is then topped up by the organiser, the Stronach Group. The 1 ⅛-mile, or 9 furlongs, race takes place on a dirt track, and it is open to horses aged 4-years and up.

The Dazzling Dubai World Cup

The Dubai World Cup takes place on the 31st of March in Meydan, Dubai. This stood as the world’s richest race until its mark was recently passed by the Pegasus World Cup. The winner takes home US$10 million from a total prize pot of $30 million, and it is the biggest social and sporting occasion on the Dubai calendar, ending the UAE racing season. This race is also run on dirt, and takes place over 2 000 meters, around 10 furlongs.

The Convivial Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby is held on the 4th of May at Churchill Downs, and is known as The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sport, the Fastest Two Minutes in Sport, or The Run of the Roses, this last as a nod to the fact that the winner receives a blanket of flowers.

The Kentucky Derby has been run every year since 1875, and is the first leg of the US Triple Crown, along with the Preakness and Belmont Stakes.

The Terrific 2 000 Guineas

The 2 000 Guineas is held on the 5th of May in Newmarket, in the United Kingdom, and stands as the first of the five English Classics during the season for Flat races. This Group 1 race is open to colts and fillies aged three-years, and takes place on a turf track extending for one mile.

Theoretically, the 2 000 Guineas is the first leg of the Triple Crown, alongside the Derby and the St Leger, but the endeavour of winning all three of these races has been attempted less frequently recently. The race was first run in 1809.

The Outstanding Oaks

The Oaks takes place on the 1st of June, in Epsom, in the United Kingdom, and is the third Classic of the season for that country. It is open to three-year old fillies only, and takes place over 1 mile, 4 furlongs, and 6 yards, on the grass track of Epsom Downs. The race began as far back as 1779!

Proposed Finger Lakes Turf Course Gaining Ground

Thoroughbred industry executives in New York are pressing ahead with an effort to build a turf course at Finger Lakes Racetrack, which has seen racing handle slide over the years amid smaller field sizes and competition for gambling dollars upstate.

Source: Proposed Finger Lakes Turf Course Gaining Ground