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No other sport provides a better spectacle than horse racing, which is especially very popular in Europe and America. It is one of the oldest sports and even now is regarded as one of the most popular pastimes to watch and bet on.

For horse racing enthusiasts, nothing is more thrilling and exciting than going to the races. That’s why, they are always looking for information about the Melbourne Cup tickets.

1- Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby is also called ‘the fastest two minutes in sports’ and is enormously popular in the world. Also known as ‘Run for the Roses’, it is the most eagerly awaited race among horse racing enthusiasts and punters. Hundreds of thousands of people flock to Churchill Downs in May every year to witness some of the best sporting spectacle. Some of the best three-year thoroughbreds compete over a distance of 1 ¼ miles.

The most famous horses in the history of this race are Secretariat and American Pharoah. Its inaugural race was run in 1875 and it carries a purse of $3 million.

2- Breeders’ Cup Classic

The Breeders’ Cup Classic is regarded as one of the most prestigious races in North America. It constitutes the fourth and final leg of the horse racing’s Grand Slam. Only one horse in history, American Pharoah, has managed to win this Grand Slam in 2015.

The Breeders’ Cup Classic also boasts one of the highest attendances in the US.

Whoever wins this race mostly also go on to win the Eclipse Award for American Horse of the Year as well.

3- Gold Cup at Ascot

The Gold Cup at Ascot Racecourse is also one of the most famous races in Britain. It is run over a distance of 4014 meters, with some of the best four-year-olds in the world competing in this race.

You will often see the Royal Family at Ascot Racecourse as it is located only six miles from Windsor Castle. The Queen herself has won a number of times at Royal Ascot.

4- Grand National

Any horse racing fan is sure to have heard the name of the Grand National, which has the distinction of being the most valuable jump race in Europe. It is so popular in Britain that people who don’t normally have any interest in horse racing also watch it. However, punters are the most involved fans who want nothing else than Grand National horse betting opportunities.

It is also one of the toughest races, with horses having to jump 30 fences and cover a distance of about 4 miles and 1 ½ furlongs.

Red Rum is the most famous horse in the history of the Grand National. The legendary horse won in 1973, despite being in second place at the last fence, 15 lengths behind his rival Crisp. The Ginger McCain trained horse defended his title the next year and also came in second for two consecutive years. However, he shocked the entire world when he won the prestigious Grand National for the third time in 1977, becoming the only horse in history to achieve such a feat.

5- Dubai World Cup

It is a Group 1 flat race where horses of four and above years age compete over a distance of 2000 meters. Its inaugural race was run in 1996 but it has quickly gained a huge popularity around the world.

This Group 1 flat race boasts a purse of $12million, making it one of the most valuable races in the world.

6- Preakness Stakes

Preakness Stakes is the second leg of the US Triple Crown and is hugely famous in North America. Its inaugural race was run in 1873 and it boasts a rich and famous history. Also known as The Run for the Black-Eyed Susans, it is one of the highest attended races in the United States.

There are more interesting articles in our section on Horse Racing.

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