The Kentucky Derby and More

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Soak up a little of history when you place your wagers at some of the legendary horse races happening in North America. Horse racing is a pastime enjoyed by spectators and bettors alike for hundreds of years now. Discover the most glamorous events in North America!

 

The Kentucky Derby, Louisville, Kentucky 

Grab your best hat and make the most of a mint julep when you go through to take a look at the first leg of the American Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, the Kentucky Derby. The race is held on the first Saturday every May, with more than 150 000 spectators congregating at Churchill Downs to witness the competition, a tradition formed back in 1875.

This race is only 1 and ¼ miles long, and, thanks to the time the track takes to traverse, its nickname is The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports.

 

The Queen’s Plate, Etobicoke, Ontario 

While many of us may associate Canada primarily with the very enjoyable CAD casino action so many sites there provide, they have their own Triple Crown too, and it is a marvel to witness.

The Queen’s Plate is the oldest Thoroughbred horse race in Canada, and was founded in 1860. This is the oldest race to be continuously run in the whole of North America, actually. It takes place over 1 and ¼ miles, and a maximum amount of 17 three-year old Thoroughbred horses foaled in Canada may take part. It happens every summer, in June or July, at the Woodbine Racetrack, and makes up the first race for the Canadian Triple Crown.

 

The Belmont Stakes, Elmont, New York 

Horse racing enthusiasts worldwide waits eagerly for the first Saturday in June, when the Belmont Stakes, the third and last leg of the United States Triple Crown, begins.

The Belmont Stakes is the oldest of those making up the Triple Crown races in the USA, and dates back to 1867, and it is also the longest and the most challenging one to run, with 1 and ½ miles to be covered.

This is the race that saw Secretariat surge to his legendary place on the list of the greatest horses in history. When he ran to victory during the 1973 Belmont Stakes, he broke the world record for speed: a staggering 31 lengths ahead of the competition.

 

The Breeders’ Cup World Championships 

The location for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships changes from one year to the next, but this annual series of Thoroughbred horse races is always a thrill that few horse racing enthusiasts would consider missing.

It’s a two-day event, and has one of the largest purses in all horse racing. It was raised from US$5 million to US$6 million, and Longines Turf’s prize took a similar leap, going from US$3 million to US$4 million. Each Breeders’ Cup race presents four trophies to the connections of the winner, and, once again, a glorious garland of flowers is draped over the winning horses’ withers.

 

Take Part from Wherever You Are 

What’s great about these races is, although attending them would be a wonderful experience, it is simply not possible for many of us to do so. We can still take part, however, by watching them unfold from wherever we are, and placing a bet or two at top-rated sportsbooks to increase the thrill.

5 Preakness Storylines as Always Dreaming goes for another Triple Crown jewel

BALTIMORE — Neither mud nor inexperience nor the ambitions of 19 other gifted and unpredictable thoroughbreds could keep yet another favorite from winning the 143rd Kentucky Derby. Always Dreaming did not quite fit our usual image of a Derby leading man. He had never even run a stakes race before April 1 and his trainer, Todd… [Read more…]

2016 Preakness Reinforces how difficult it is to Capture the Triple Crown

 BALTIMORE — American Pharoah made us believe again, Nyquist reminded us Saturday that nothing really changed when that interminable Triple Crown drought ended last June. The quest to win all three of horse racing’s most legendary races is a nearly impossible one for all sorts of reasons, and it was silly to think that just because… [Read more…]

Triple Crown Hopeful Nyquist Prepares for Preakness

Triple Crown BALTIMORE — Kentucky Derby champion Nyquist ramped up his Preakness preparations Friday morning, galloping a mile in the drizzle at Pimlico Race Course.
“We’re very happy,” trainer Doug O’Neill said. “He was much more relaxed early on in his gallop, and then he finished up strong. He’s cooling out super, so we’re happy with how the… [Read more…]

Triple Crown Radio Coverage

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Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN), the Eclipse Award-winning broadcast organization based in Lexington, KY will partner with NBC Sports Group, the home of horse racing, to provide live radio coverage of all three Triple Crown races through 2018 it was announced today.

For each race, NBC Sports Radio will present two hours of live coverage from 5-7 p.m. ET, produced in partnership with HRRN, and distributed by Westwood One.  Audio coverage will also be distributed via the Tune In website and mobile app, and on the HRRN website.

HRRN and NBC Sports Radio partnered to provide exclusive radio coverage of American Pharoah’s historic Triple Crown run in 2015.

“To be associated with such an iconic broadcast organization is a tremendous honor,” said HRRN President Mike Penna.  “The NBC Sports Group and Westwood One teams are as good as it gets.  We are excited to build on the momentum from last year’s Triple Crown and look forward to taking the broadcasts to even greater heights through this partnership in the coming years.”

“We are pleased to have HRRN as a partner at the Triple Crown races again this year to help us bring NBC Sports Radio listeners the best, most insightful coverage of these three great races,” said Rob Simmelkjaer, Senior Vice President of NBC Sports Ventures.

Bruce Gilbert, SVP Sports for Cumulus/Westwood One, said “Westwood One Sports is proud to partner with NBC Sports and HRRN to present every majestic moment of thrilling Triple Crown Racing to fans everywhere.”

For more information on programming, please contact Westwood One atNBCSportsRadio@westwoodone.com.  For a complete schedule of shows, bios, exclusive audio content, and a list of radio stations airing NBC Sports Radio, log on to NBCSportsRadio.com andhorseracingradio.net

NBC SPORTS GROUP AND HORSE RACING: NBC Sports Group is the exclusive home to the most important and prestigious events in horse racing, including the Triple Crown and the Breeders’ Cup. NBC has been the exclusive home of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes since 2001, and the Belmont Stakes since 2011, when NBC Sports Group reassembled the Triple Crown.

About HRRN

The Horse Racing Radio Network is your home for Eclipse Award winning coverage of the biggest events in racing throughout the year. In 2016, HRRN will broadcast more than 100 stakes races from racetracks across the country, and is the official radio network of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, Belmont Stakes, and Breeders’ Cup World Championships. HRRN also produces a series of popular talk shows aired throughout the week on SiriusXM satellite radio: Xpressbet Radio on HRRN (WednesdayFriday, 3-6 p.m. ET), Jock Talk presented by Tito’s Handmade Vodka (Tuesday, 6-7 p.m. ET), Trainer Talk presented by Fasig-Tipton (Wednesday, 6-7 p.m. ET), Brisnet Call In Show (Thursday,6-7 p.m. ET), Xpressbet Weekend Stakes Preview (Friday, 6-7 p.m. ET) and the Equine Forum (Saturday, 8-10 a.m. ET). .

For more information visit www.horseracingradio.net, follow us on Twitter @HRRN and like “Horse Racing Radio Network” on Facebook.

What Can American Pharoah & Horse Racing Teach Us About Investing?

 What Can The Triple Crown Teach Us About Investing?

by Jeffrey Knight, Columbia Threadneedle Investments

Cash pileIn horse racing, as in investing, being right is less rewarding if one’s prediction is already reflected in the price. The era of easy money engineered by central banks has succeeded in flattering asset prices, but it is very difficult to… [Read more…]

American Pharoah Wins 1st Triple Crown Since 1978

Triple Crown trophy The Drought is Over!

With Jockey Victor Espinoza aboard, American Pharoah on Saturday won the 147th running of the Belmont Stakes in Elmont, New York, becoming horse racing’s first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. After leading the entire race, and with the crowd cheering from start to finish, American Pharoah won by 5 1/2 lengths, the… [Read more…]

Reasons for the Triple Crown Drought

Triple Crown NBC The feat is as elusive as winning all three races

As with most debates involving sports, there are varying reasons for the absence of a Triple Crown champion racehorse over the past 37 years. It has as much to do with bank accounts as bloodlines, yet trying to pinpoint the main reason is as elusive as the achievement itself. Longtime horsemen and horsewomen point to the… [Read more…]

9 Challengers May Face American Pharoah

Triple Crown NBC Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner American Pharoah figures to have nine challengers when he runs in the Belmont Stakes next week and tries to become the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years.
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Seven of his expected rivals return from the Kentucky Derby or the Preakness Stakes, while two others are new to the Triple…

American Pharoah Lookin’ Good in Work

Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah worked a solid 4 furlongs (half mile) at Churchill Downs in preparation for the June 6th Belmont Stakes.  Here is the colt training in the morning under the Twin Spires, with the actual work starting at about the 4 1/2 minute mark.