One of the best things about horse racing is that it isn’t a seasonal sport. There is plenty of horse racing action throughout the year to keep you excited and there is plenty of races to bet on where you can earn some money.
Even though the Triple Crown Series including the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes is one of the biggest races of the year, there is still plenty of action coming in the second part of the year.
In today’s article, we will highlight some of the best upcoming races you should watch after the Triple Crown.
Breeders’ Cup Classic
One of the biggest upcoming events after the Triple Crown series is the Breeders Cup Classic and often horses that performed in the Triple Crown series can be seen participating in the Breeders’ Cup.
This is a Grade 1 weight-for-age race reserved only for Thoroughbreds that are above three years old. Apart from the Triple Crown Series, the Breeders’ Cup Classic is considered the most prestigious race in North America and is often seen as the fourth leg of the Triple Crown Grand Slam.
However, only one horse has ever achieved racing in all four races, and that is the Triple Crown winner in 2015, the American Pharoah.
The Breeders’ Cup has a $6 million purse making it the richest race in the world, and it is also one of the highest attended races in North America, right after the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. So it is a perfect occasion to place that daily double horse racing bet that you missed out on. The Breeders’ Cup is scheduled for the first Saturday in November.
Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe
Coming with a strange name that was given after the World War I monument the Arc De Triomphe, this race is the richest race in Europe and the fifth richest race in the world, behind the Dubai Cup and three Australian races.
The Prix De L’arc has a prize purse even bigger than the races from the Triple Crown series coming at $5.5 million. This is a Grade 1 2,400-meter race reserved for three-year-olds and some of the best horse races from the UK, France, Germany, and Ireland are competing for the top prize of $3.1 million.
This race is scheduled for the first Saturday in October, and it is a great way to spice things up and move to another continent after the US horse racing drama.
Now we move to Australia, for the most prestigious and richest race on the planet, the Melbourne Cup. This race is scheduled for the first Tuesday in November and it dates back to 1861, making it one of the oldest races in the region.
It is a 3,200-meter (2 miles) turf handicap reserved for three-year-olds and up and it is hosted by the Victoria Racing Club as part of the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival.
It is a very exciting race that you wouldn’t want to miss this year.
If you thought the Melbourne Cup in Australia is a rich race, wait until you see what is the Everest Prize Purse. This is the world’s richest race on turf, and even though it doesn’t have much history behind its name dating back only to 2017, its astronomical prize makes it very attractive for the world’s fastest horses.
The total prize purse of the race is $11.29 million and even though the race is not eligible for Grade 1 status, the amount of money makes it worth circling on the calendar.
This is a 1,200-meter weight-for-age race very similar to the Pegasus World Cup and has 12 slots up for grabs, that is sold for $600,000 each.
The Everest is scheduled for the second or third Saturday in October at the Randwick Racecourse in Sydney. Every year, Everest has something interesting to offer, like the 2017 winner which was a five-year-old gelding Redzel that won the race again next year.
It is definitely an exciting race that you should watch and possibly bet some money on this year.