Horse racing calendar 2019: Schedule and results

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Equine excellence and fashion elegance combine to make the international racing circuit a hotbed of glitz, glamor and sporting action.

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Here are the races you need to know about it 2019.

Pegasus World Cup

When: January 26

Where: Gulfstream Park, Florida, US

What: Formerly the richest race in the world, with a purse of $12 million for its inaugural running in 2017, increased to $16M in 2018. ​It’s a 1 1⁄8-mile (9 furlongs) race on dirt and is open to horses four years old and up.

For the 2019 edition, the format was revamped, with a purse of $9M for the original race and $7M available for a turf equivalent.

Result: City of Light strolls to $4M top prize at Pegasus World Cup

Cheltenham Festival

When: March 12-15

Where: Cheltenham, UK

What: The world’s most celebrated jump meeting is a four-day feast of racing and revelry attracting huge crowds of Irish and British punters to the attractive track in the Cotswolds region of Gloucestershire. The festival’s showpiece is the coveted Cheltenham Gold Cup, a three-mile marathon over 22 fences.

READ: Bryony Frost makes history on emotional day

Dubai World Cup

When: March 30

Where: Meydan, Dubai

What: Billed as the world’s richest day of racing, the lucrative event holds a special place in the Dubai racing calendar and ends the United Arab Emirates racing season. The race is run on dirt over 2,000 meters (about 10 furlongs). Godolphin’s Thunder Snow is the reigning champion.

Result: Thunder Snow makes Dubai World Cup history

The Grand National

When: April 6

Where: Aintree, UK

What: Perhaps the most famous horse race in the world and an icon of the British sporting calendar. First run in 1839, the epic race is best known for its huge jumps such as Becher’s Brook, Valentine’s and The Chair and is a four-mile slog over two laps of the famous Liverpool course. It’s the race that transcends racing, with generations of people taking a once-a-year interest in the sport of kings.

Result: Tiger Roll emulates Red Rum with back-to-back Grand National wins

Kentucky Derby

When: May 4

Where: Churchill Downs, USA

What: The Kentucky Derby is one of the world’s most iconic races. The mile-and-a-quarter dash on dirt, dubbed “the most exciting two minutes in sports,” carries a first prize of $1.425 million.

Result: Country House wins Kentucky Derby after Maximum Security disqualified

READ: President Trump weighs in on Kentucky Derby controversy

2,000 Guineas

When: May 4

Where: Newmarket, UK

What: First run in 1809, the Group 1 race – the first Classic of the UK Flat season – is open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies and is run over one mile on turf. In theory it is the first leg of the British Triple Crown, along with the Derby and the St Leger, but the feat of winning all three has rarely been attempted in recent years.

Result: ‘Genius’ O’Brien secures 10th 2,000 Guineas as Magna Grecia wins

1,000 Guineas

When: May 5

Where: Newmarket, UK

What: Also held in Newmarket, the mile Classic for three-year-old fillies over turf has been staged since 1814.

Read: Hermosa wins to give O’Brien Guineas double

Preakness Stakes

When: May 18

Where: Baltimore, USA

What: As the middle leg of the Triple Crown, the Preakness is a true test of perseverance. It traditionally comes just two weeks after the Kentucky Derby and all eyes are on the race to see whether a rare treble is still on the cards. Justify kept such hopes alive in 2018.

READ: War of Will wins Preakness Stakes at Pimlico

The Oaks

When: May 31

Where: Epsom, UK

What: The third UK Classic of the season and the second open to three-year-old fillies only. It’s been run over a distance of 1 mile, 4 furlongs and 6 yards on the grass of Epsom Downs since 1779.

Winner: Anapurna, ridden by Frankie Dettori, trained by John Gosden

The Derby

When: June 1

Where: Epsom, UK

What: The Epsom Derby has long been regarded as the richest and most prestigious Flat race in the British racing calendar. Run over a mile-and-a-half, it carries a prize fund of at least $1.9 million, with the winner claiming just north of $1 million.

READ: Anthony Van Dyck wins, tying record for O’Brien

EPSOM, ENGLAND - JUNE 03:  Padraig Beggy riding Wings Of Eagles (L, pink cap) win The Investec Derby from Cliffs Of Moher (C, dark blue) on Investec Derby Day at Epsom Racecourse on June 3, 2017 in Epsom, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
The Epsom Derby and the O'Brien family
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Belmont Stakes

When: June 8

Where: Belmont Park, USA

What: The lucrative horse race is open to three-year-olds and is the third and final leg of the famous Triple Crown. It has crowned a plethora of champions since its inauguration in 1853 – with Justify completing the treble in 2018.

READ: Sir Winston wins Belmont Stakes

Royal Ascot

When: June 18-22

Where: Ascot, UK

What: With eight Group 1 races and an audience with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, Royal Ascot is the highlight of the British racing calendar. Each day begins with the pageantry of the horse-drawn royal procession in front of grandstands packed with the top hats, tails and high fashion. The highlight of the festival is the prestigious Gold Cup, won by Stradivarius in 2018.

READ: Frankie Dettori and Stradivarius clinch consecutive Gold Cups

READ: Royal Ascot: A day in the life

Irish Derby

When: June 29

Where: The Curragh, County Kildare, Ireland

What: Ireland’s equivalent of The Derby, held three weeks later. Open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies, it is run over a distance of 1 mile and 4 furlongs on turf. Latrobe won the event in 2018.

Winner: Sovereign, ridden by Padraig Beggy, trained by Aidan O’Brien

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Horse racing on the beach for 150 years
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King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes

When: July 27

Where: Ascot, UK

What: Britain’s most prestigious open-age Flat race, the “King George,” is run over a distance of 1 mile and 4 furlongs. The iconic event has been won by some of racing’s biggest stars over the years. The Sir Michael Stoute trained Poet’s Word won last year’s race, making Stoute the race’s most successful trainer with six wins.

Winner: Enable, ridden by Frankie Dettori, trained by John Gosden

St. Leger

When: September 14

Where: Doncaster, UK

What: The oldest of Britain’s five classics, dating back to 1776. The race for three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies is run over a distance of 1 mile, 6 furlongs and 115 yards. Jockey Ryan Moore won a consecutive title on board Kew Gardens in 2018.

Winner: Logician, ridden by Frankie Dettori, trained by John Gosden

Irish St. Leger

When: September 15

Where: The Curragh, County Kildare, Ireland

What: The final Classic of the Irish season and the highlight of Irish Champions Weekend , split between Leopardstown and the Curragh. Established in 1915, it is open to three-year-olds and up over 1 mile 6 furlongs.

Winner: Search For A Song, ridden by Chris Hayes, trained by Dermot Weld

READ: Homegrown trainers dominate Irish Champions Weekend

Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

When: October 6

Where: Longchamp, Paris, France

What: The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is a mile-and-a-half test of speed and stamina for three-year-olds and above, with a prize purse of $5.6M. The “Arc” has been held at leafy Longchamp for more than 150 years – barring a recent sojourn at Chantilly while it underwent a major redevelopment. Legendary jockey Frankie Dettori holds the record for most race wins, securing his sixth on defending champion Enable in 2018.

READ: Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe returns to spiritual Longchamp venue

The Everest

When: October 12

Where: Sydney, Australia

What: Run over six furlongs, The Everest brings the world’s top sprinters together for the richest turf race in the world. The race’s prize pot is set to rise to $14 million in 2019 and $15 million in 2020. Redzel has clinched back-to-back titles since its inauguration in 2017.

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The Everest: The richest horse race on turf
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British Champions Day

When: October 19

Where: Ascot, UK

What: The conclusion of the British Flat racing season and the richest purse on the calendar with more than $5.4 million in prize money across six races. The legendary Frankel ran his last race here in 2012 with a 14th straight win in the Champion Stakes.

Breeders’ Cup

When: November 1-2

Where: Churchill Downs, Kentucky, USA

What: The Breeders’ Cup is a celebration of the very best thoroughbreds and pits US horses against the cream from the rest of the world. The highlight is the Breeders’ Cup Classic, considered the unofficial fourth leg of the Triple Crown, which is often a big factor in deciding Horse of the Year. The mile-and-a-quarter dash on dirt has been in existence since 1984, and the latest edition was won by the aptly named Accelerate. The festival also involves the Breeders’ Cup Turf – a showpiece for turf horses, carrying a prize fund of $4 million with winning connections earning $2.2 million.

LOUISVILLE, KY - NOVEMBER 03:  The field runs the first turn in the Breeders' Cup Distaff during day 2 of the Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs on November 3, 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
The Breeders Cup returns to Churchill Downs
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Melbourne Cup

When: November 5

Where: Flemington, Australia

What: Having been overtaken as the country’s richest race, the Melbourne Cup is still the “race that stops a nation.” It’s been a highlight of Australia’s social and sporting calendar since 1861. Cross Counter was the 2018 winner.

Japan Cup

When: November 24

Where: Tokyo, Japan

What: Japan’s richest race is held every year at Tokyo Racecourse, with the world’s best three-year-olds and above descending on the country’s capital. Home-grown talent has flourished at the event, with every winning trainer and owner coming from Japan since 2008. Almond Eye is the reigning champion.

Hong Kong International Races

When: December 8

Where: Sha Tin, Hong Kong

What: It’s one of the highlights of the racing calendar, a fan favorite for decades with $12 million at stake. World class jockeys and thoroughbreds do battle over four Group 1 races on the turf of the Sha Tin Racecourse amid the skyscrapers of downtown Hong Kong. The bumper prize money is spread across the Hong Kong Sprint, the Hong Kong Vase, the Hong Kong Mile and the showpiece Hong Kong Cup

Read: Stage set for $12M Hong Kong International Races