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A Look at the Top Horse Racing Events in North America For 2016

2016 will be a big year for horse racing in North America. With American Pharoah winning the Triple Crown after a thirty-seven-year dry spell, many punters are betting the odds that horse racing will receive a lot of recognition the coming year. Below we look at some of the top events to come:

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The Breeders’ Cup

The Breeders’ Cup will go down at Keeneland. The event features some of the best runners in the sport and plays homage to plenty of outstanding running champions foaled and raised at Central Kentucky Farms, and most of the foals are sold at Keeneland.

Given the club’s position in the horse racing niche, there is a strong bond between the club and its history with the Breeders’ Cup!

The Club Chief Executive Officer gave a statement the other day declaring that they look forward to offering punters and fans alike an exemplary racing and entertaining event!

Punters on odd comparison sites are gearing towards the Breeders’ Cup event that will be held at Santa Anita Park for a record ninth time. The track is set up at Arcadia in California. The park is the first venue to play homage to the Breeders’ Cup for three years.

Tom Ludt (Santa Anita Park) president stated how the staff at the park were excited to be hosting the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Tournament. The local and out of town fans, horsemen and participants will have a jolly-good time experiencing the best action that horse track racing has to offer at Santa Anita Park.

The President was quick to add that they have wonderful dining and hospitality for everyone coming to watch the races to enjoy.

The Kentucky Derby Road

The Kentucky derby can be an exciting race to bed on. The race that served as the jumpstart platform for American Pharoah Triple Crown winning is getting a bigger purse in the coming year (2016). Oaklawn Park, where the first Kentucky Derby race takes place recently, stated that they are increased the Grade II Rebel Stakes.

Punters eyeing the odds comparison are a happy lot knowing the stakes is going up from $750,000 upwards to $900,000 as runners begin their long journey to the Kentucky Derby. 50 points for qualifying for the Derby will be awarded to the winner of the race.

The odds for the increment in points and purse price locks out any horse into the racing field the first Saturday of May 2016.

At the same track area (Oaklawn), Grade III Southwest Stakes, which grants the qualifying points for Kentucky Derby, is increasing from $ 300, 000 to $500,000.

The US $ 1 million dollar Arkansas Derby is the first one-hundred pointer to the Kentucky Derby. The total purse price at the Oaklawn’s will add up to $2.5 million!

Since the year 2004, the Smarty Jones Stakes, together with Oaklawn’s spring stakes have together produced eight runners that have scooped 12 Triple Crown races. Two of American Pharoah won the stakes in 2015.

Punters following this track and the races held here will be glad to know the Hot Springs Ark., the track will be open for business as from January 15th in 2016.

Preakness Stakes

The 141st Preakness Stakes running will premiere at the Pimlico Racetrack in Maryland, specifically in Baltimore. The event will take place two weekends later on Saturday on the 21st of May 2016.

The horse that scoops the Kentucky Derby will be gearing up towards adding a second and a middle part of the Triple Crown Cup. The winner will hopefully win this event in advance of the culminating Triple Crown Race which is the Belmont Stakes!


This article was written by John Hawthorne who is a big fan of horse racing across the world. You can be sure that he will be watching all the major events at home. John is always keen on sharing his knowledge of horse racing with people as well as promoting the sport. To see more of his work come check out his reviews of free online betting sites

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