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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.

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Rich Nilsen is a 14-time qualifier to the National Handicapping Championship (NHC), an event he has cashed in four times. He was the first player to finish in the top 10 twice. He recently won a $24,000 package into Kentucky Derby Betting Championship I. A former executive with, Rich is also a graduate of the University of Louisville Equine Business Program. He is founder of, a site devoted to horse racing education and promotion.

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