History of Horse Racing Kentucky Derby and the Triple Crown

History of Horse Racing

The history of Horse Racing dates back to ancient times becoming later on quite popular as thoroughbred racing with the royalty and aristocrats who called it the “Sport of Kings”. Thoroughbred racing competitions provided fantastic and free entertainment to large crowds worldwide.

Some of the most known types of horse racing are:

  • Jumps racing: horses race over obstacles
  • Harness racing: horses pace while pulling a driver and his sulky
  • Endurance racing: horses travel over extreme distances
  • Flat racing: horses race in a horse track

Horse racing became a followed and very popular sport during the mid 1660s with the opening of different race courses nearby Hempstead Plains and Salisbury in New York. The oldest horse racing track in America is the Pleasanton Fairgrounds Racetrack founded in 1858 and in 1894 the American Jockey Club was created.

Some of the most famous racetracks for a horse race in the United States are: Belmont Park, Meadowlands Racetrack, Saratoga Springs in New York, Lone Star Park in the Dallas–Fort Worth, Churchill Downs in Kentucky and Pimlico Horse Race Course located in Baltimore. Thoroughbred races are run on surfaces like turf, dirt or synthetic.

The highlights of horse racing in the United States include the traditional Kentucky Derby which is run at Churchill Downs in Louisville on the first Saturday of the month of May. This race is followed by the Preakness Stakes run at Pimlico Race Course and the closing race – the Belmont Stakes takes place in Long Island approximately 3 weeks later; these races are for exclusively three-year-old horses and these are known as the Triple Crown.

The Breeders´Cup is another horse racing event which is very famous in the racing world and it is held at different racetracks each year. In 2014 the Breeders´Cup is to be held at the Santa Anita Park.

The following is a short video on the 2014 Pre Races on the way to the Kentucky Derby big event:

Kentucky Derby 2014 Points Standings (video)

So if you love horseracing and went to enjoy excitement at it’s best and place a horse racing bet at one of these great venues, enjoy as 2014 promises to be a great year!

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