Horse Races to Watch in the Second Half of 2021

Last year was very turbulent for sports in general and organizations had a tough time figuring out whether or not to organize events due to Covid-19 restrictions. This year, we are off to a good start as regulations start to soften up and there were some amazing horse races in the first part of 2021.

Even though some of the biggest races like the Kentucky Derby, the Dubai World Cup, Shema Classic, and Pegasus World Cup Invitational already finished, there are still some popular races to be excited about in the second part 2021.

Let’s look at some of the most highly anticipated horse races in the upcoming months.

Breeders’ Cup Classic

This major horse race is organized on the first Saturday in November at a different venue in North America every year. The Breeders’ Cup is a 2,000m dirt racecourse with a $6 million prize purse.

Horse Races to Watch in 2021
Horse Races to Watch in 2021- Breeders’ Cup Classic

Breeders’ Cup has a unique concept compared to other horse races. It is a two-day event held at different racetracks in the United States and once in Canada each year. A series of qualifying rounds where you have to win to enter are held in different parts of the world before the race.

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This is an exciting race and an ultimate trophy for all the participants. You can bet from most US states, including Pennsylvania who recently passed legislation on online horse racing betting. Learn more about that here: https://www.twinspires.com/states/pennsylvania

Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

Now we move across the sea to Europe where the Prix de L’Arc will take place the first Sunday in October. The race is held in Longchamp Racecourse, Paris, France on turf surface and it is 2,400m long.

Horse Races to Watch in 2021
Horse Races to Watch in 2021

With a prize purse of $5.6m, it is not the highest-paid race, but it is still a very exciting race to watch that holds a prestigious trophy that every jockey wants in their showroom.

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This is Europe’s most popular race with 101 years of tradition. It is a weight-for-age race that is open to three-year-olds and up with restriction to geldings.

Melbourne Cup

From Europe, we are traveling to Australia at the prestigious Melbourne Cup. This race is organized on the first Tuesday in November and has a rich tradition of more than 160 years. It is one of the most highly anticipated races this year, and there is a good reason for that.

Horse Races to Watch in 2021
Horse Races to Watch in 2021

This is a 3,200m turf racecourse that is set for three-year-olds and up. The best thing about the Melbourne Cup is that every year, we get to see a lot of popular horses and jockeys that compete in a tight action to the finish line.

Japan Cup

Now we move to Asia, to the most popular horse race on that territory. We are talking about the Japan Cup, held at Tokyo Racecourse, Fuchu, Tokyo, Japan. This is another prestigious horse race that holds only one dual winner (Gentildonna) in its history.

This is a 2,400m racecourse on turf surface that holds a prize purse of $5.8m. The race is organized on the last Sunday in November. Hence, it looks like this is going to be the month with a lot of horse racing action.

Horse Races to Watch in 2021
Horse Races to Watch in 2021

Even though we are talking about a much newer race with only 40 years of history. It is definitely one of the most exciting horse racing events in the world.

The Everest

Moving back to the upside-down, we have Everest held on the second or third Saturday in October in Sydney, Australia.

Horse Races to Watch in 2021
Horse Races to Watch in 2021

This is easily one of the most valuable races in the world. Precisely, second after the Saudi Cup, with a prize purse of $15m. This is a short 1,200m race on the turf surface and a weight-for-age sprint contest where you have to pay $600,000 in order to participate. There are only 12 slots available for this one-day event. And it attracts horses from all around to world just because of the big prize. With that said, you have to believe in your horse and jockey. Afterall, it will cost you more than half a million just to participate in the race.

Garima Tomar

Senior Software Development Analyst at an IT firm

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