It’s a year-round pursuit with millions of dollars at stake across the globe.
The horse racing calendar, in particular the Flat season, offers ample opportunities for both horse and jockey to claim rich prizes and sporting immortality.
Here are the races you need to know about it 2018.
Pegasus World Cup
When: January 27
Where: Gulfstream Park, Florida
What: The world’s richest horse race. A prize of $16 million is up for grabs. Each of 12 owners will put in $1 million with the fund topped up by organizer the Stronach Group. The 1 ⅛-mile (9 furlongs) race is run over dirt and is open to horses four years old and up. Last year’s inaugural event was won by Arrogate.
Dubai World Cup
When: March 31
Where: Meydan, Dubai
What: It was the world’s richest horse race until being usurped by the Pegasus World Cup. The winner scoops $10 million out of a total prize pot of $30 million. It is the biggest sporting and social occasion on the Dubai calendar and ends the UAE racing season. The race is run on dirt over 2,000 meters (about 10 furlongs). Arrogate won in 2017.
When: May 4
Where: Churchill Downs
What: The highly prized US classic is known variously as “The Most exciting Two Minutes In Sports”, “The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports” or “The Run for the Roses” on account of the winner receiving a blanket of flowers. The race has been run every year since 1875 and is the first leg of the US “Triple Crown” along with the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes.
When: May 5
Where: Newmarket, UK