A Quick History Review – Major Upsets in horse racing

Horse Racing or the “Sport of Kings” as it is often referred to is one of the most exciting and entertaining massive activities in the United States, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Australia and some European countries.

These horse races have different categories amongst which we can mention the endurance racing, Arabian horse, and quarter horse. Additionally, some of the most well-known horse races that attract thousands of enthusiasts year after year are:

  • Kentucky Derby
  • Preakness Stakes
  • Belmont Stakes
  • Breeders’ Cup

Throughout history there are some amazing horse racing upsets that enhanced in every possible way the meaning of wagering on horses, for example: in 1913 Donerail with betting odds at 91-1 pulled the biggest Kentucky Derby upset of the century by setting a new track record 2:04 4/5.

In 1980 at the Saratoga Standardbred track betting odds favorite Niatross suffered a major loss, followed by a completely unexpected draught.

A decade later in 1993 at the Santa Anita Park in California, the Breeders´ Cup Classic welcomed underdog Arcangues at betting odds 133-1. The horse won the race and set a new Breeders´record on a two dollar wager payoff.

Here is a quick trivia on the history of horse racing:

  • On what year was the first race track built in New York?
  • When was the last time an owner ran 3 horses in the Belmont Stakes and what were the wagering odds?
  • What year was the first racetrack built?
  • What is the Belmont Stakes mile distance run at Belmont Park?
  • When was the Triple Crown Series established?
  • What do Preakness starters Oxbow, Mylute, and Will Take Charge have in common?

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