Horse racing has always been a part of America’s sporting scene since British settlers introduced it in the country. It was actually not until the 19th century that its future was cemented with the introduction of thoroughbred racing.
Even today, fans still watch these majestic creatures battle it out on the track; others take things to the next level by wagering on their favorite riders. Either way, there’s a lot of fun going on in any horsing event.
The Biggest Horse Racing Events in the US
- Kentucky Derby: No horse conversation would be complete without bringing up the Kentucky Derby. It’s a Grade I horsing event, held annually at the Churchill Downs. The winner takes home $1.4 million and positions two, and three share $600000.
- Preakness Stakes: Held every third Saturday of May, the Preakness Stakes is the second gem of the Triple Crown. It is held at the Pimlico Race Course, a mile-long horse racing venue in Baltimore, two weeks after the Kentucky Derby.
- Belmont Stakes: This is the third gem of the Triple Crown held on the first, or occasionally second, Saturday in June. It is a 1.5-mile course, popularly known as the “Championship Track” as most American champs have completed the track.
Horse Race Betting
Wagering on horses has always been a tradition in the US, as old as racing itself. And the easiest way to wager on a racehorse is, of course, by visiting a track. There, you’ll get a chance to watch the race as it unfolds, bet on your favorite riders, and stake on other tracks across the country, via Simulcasts.
Sports betting websites are another way to wager. They are supposed to be a replacement for the bricks and mortar betting sites dotted across the country. However, people have reported issues with deposits and withdrawals from some of these online bookmakers. You owe it to yourself to do some homework before trusting any site with your hard-earned money.