Top 5 Best Horse Races In The World

Horse racing has been ranked among one of the popular sports of all time, the sport involves two or more horses ridden or sometimes without riders over some distance for a competition. This event attracts rich and famous people as well as gamblers across the world due to the betting culture associated with it and is hosted in big cities. The following races stand out though as the best horse race in the world.

Kentucky Derby

This is the most liked horse sports event across the globe, the race is held in the United States of America in Louisville Kentucky at Churchill Downs. The event lasts just two minutes hence referred to as "The fastest two minutes in sports". It happens on the first week of May every year, Over 150000 people flock the event, a tradition that has been done since 1875. When the winner crosses the finish line, his horse is wrapped in a wreath of red roses. This event handles the first competition of triple crown( an award given to the horse that wins the three most important races in a year).

The Preakness Stakes

During this event is when the second phase of the triple crown is held, it happens every third week of May every year since 1873. It is held in Baltimore, Maryland at Pimlico Racecourse. Some of the traditions of this race include, the winner being presented with a hefty Woodlawn vase and his horse being wrapped in a blanket made from black-eyed Susan Maryland state flower.

Belmont Stakes

It happens during the first week of June in Elmont, New York. The third phase of triple crown is held in this event which attracts more than 20 million viewers in the US alone. This race started in 1867 making it the oldest in the history of triple crown, it has a racetrack of one and a half miles. It is the most easily accessible since it has reserved seats of $10 and $20 and also is located close to New York City.

Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

The Paris Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe is ranked among the biggest horse racing event in Europe, It takes place on the first Sunday of October in France at Longchamp racecourse. This race has the highest prizes in the world at 4 million Euros. Currently, it is the world richest turf race and third richest horse event across the globe.

Royal Ascot

The Royal Ascot is ranked among the oldest horse racing events across the globe, it started in 1711. This event runs for an entire week with 16 races to be done and happens in Ascot, Berkshire. The Queen of England and the royal family attend this event as a tradition. More than 300,000 people travel to Ascot for the event, making it the most famous horse racing event in Britain. The total prize money for the event was a whopping 6.5 million pounds in 2016.

Dubai World cup

In January 2017 this was the wealthiest horse race event across the globe before being outstripped by Pegasus World cup. It was inaugurated in 1996 at Meydan racecourse in Dubai by the UAE prime minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid. The race has a purse of $ 10 million.