Ten Things You Should Know
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This major Kentucky Derby prep has produced five Derby winners, four Preakness winners and two Belmont winners and its record is held by a filly.
First run in 1935, this major Kentucky Derby prep race has many Triple Crown race winners, including the last filly to win the Kentucky Derby.
This major prep race for the Kentucky Derby produced five eventual Triple Crown winners with 15% of its top three finishers going on to do the same in the Derby since 1952.
Known as one of the most significant Kentucky Derby prep races, one winner has an indie rock song named after him.
Run for the first time in 1996 and dubbed the richest race in the world, this international race is run in a country where gambling is illegal.
Nine fillies or mares awarded Horse of Year since 1935 have won this marquee race during their Horse of the Year campaign.
Prominently featured in books, movies and documentaries, the record for this prestigious race for older horses was held by a Triple Crown winner until recently.
Dating back to 1945, this race is a prep for a prep race that has produced some of racing’s most memorable names.
This historic race for older fillies and mares has produced its fair share of Hall of Famers, champions and important broodmares.
First run in 1935, this current day Kentucky Derby prep has been run at multiple distances and conditions.
This sprint for older filly and mares has been won by several champions who have also beat males at route distances.
This recently retooled racing series boasts state-bred competition that has seen the likes of Eclipse and Breeders’ Cup winners.
Named for a King of Wall Street and won by the first Kentucky Derby winner, this race has been won by greats and the sires of greats.
Established in 1999 as the claiming horse owners’ Breeders’ Cup, find out more about the series that was created for the sometime-forgotten average owner.
First run in 1988 and renamed in 1997 for the 1994 winner, find out more about this mile race held at Aqueduct.
Run at the American classic distance of 1 1/4 mile, this Breeders’ Cup race has produced eleven Horse of the Year winners.
This open company Breeders’ Cup race has the most female winners, the most multiple winners and the only three time winner.
Briefly renamed in 2008, find out more the Breeders’ Cup race that has produced numerous Eclipse champions & countless thrilling moments.
One of the most significant races for determining Eclipse Champions has thus far only produced two winners of any Triple Crown races.
Inaugurated in 1984 and run annually at different locations, find out more the racing series billed as the World Championships of thoroughbred racing.
Won by nine fillies and eight Eclipse turf winners, find out more about the race that was the final win of Secretariat’s career.
Named for Canadian racing royalty, this turf race for fillies and mares has produced champions and Breeders’ Cup winners alike.
Named for a sitting Queen, only two winners have gone on to win a Breeders’ Cup race while one winner ran second or third in the Breeders’ Cup three years in a row.
Won by five Triple Crown winners and a single horse five times, find out more about the race that was a key race for Horse of the Year prior to the Breeders’ Cup.
Run at three different tracks at four different distances, find out more about the race that’s produced 26 juvenile filly champions.
Run for the first time in 1831, this Breeders’ Cup Challenge race is considered by some racing historians as the oldest thoroughbred race in the United States
First run in 1982, this west coast stepping stone to the Breeders’ Cup Classic underwent a recent name change.
This Grade 1 turf race for fillies and mares has produced several champions but has yet to produce a Breeders’ Cup winner.
First run in 1979, this race has made multiple calendar moves before settling in its current spot as a prep for the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
First run in 1997, this Canadian race has been been won by horses from six different countries. The current record is held by its only female winner.
Won by several winners of 3-year-old classics, this age-restricted race has also produced several Breeders’ Cup Classic winners.
Named for the outlook that most owners have going into the race about their prospects of having a champion, find out more this Grade 1 for 2-year-olds.
Won by a Horse of the Year 26 times since its first running in 1954, this race has also seen its fair share of monumental upsets.
Referred to as the Mid-Summer Derby, this race saw the last appearance of Man o’War as well as the last encounter between Affirmed and Alydar.
Run at four different New York race tracks, find out more about the race where champions have often finished second.
Run on the under card of one the summer’s biggest races, find more about one of the only two Grade 1 sprints for 3-year-old males.
Despite first being run in 1991, this race is one of the top races for older runners in California, producing four California Horses of the Year.
First run in 1872, this is the longest running stakes races for 3-year-old fillies.
Won by many of the greats on their way to the Hall of the Fame, this juvenile race was run as a winner take all event until 1958.
Once run only 25 days after the grandstand burned down, find out more about the first race to offer a million dollar purse!
This Grade 1 turf race for fillies and mares has produced five Eclipse winners since 1987 and is one of the few races named for a woman.
Named after a prominent New York racing family, find out more about one of the most prestigious races for older horses.
First run in 1968, find out more about the race that’s been giving away a hat since 1988.
Named after a mythological figure, this race has produced several winners who’ve had races named after them.
This turf race, set at one of the premier summer meets, has produced a Horse of the Year and Breeders’ Cup winners across several races.
Once the richest race for fillies and mares, this race recently produced a Horse of the Year.
First run in 1884, this historic race has produced many champions, including a three and five-time Horse of the Year.
Once won by 20-lengths and once won by a champion dirt horse, find out more about one of the longest running turf stakes in the United States.
This aptly named racing series for sprinters features four graded races. It set a new track record for handle in its first year and has produced several Breeders’ Cup Sprint winners.
Once part of a prestigious racing series, find out more about the key race for 3-year-old fillies that has produced many a champion.
First run in 1938, this re-homed classic has been won by many of the game’s luminaries. It’s even been been won three times in a row, twice!
This Grade 1 race for older horses at Churchill Downs has never been won by a Kentucky Derby winner.
A highlight of the British racing calendar, Royal Ascot is a five-day meet that hosts many historic group races, including the Ascot Gold Cup, one the longest running races in the world.
How many Triple Crowns have been lost at the Belmont? How many fillies have won? Find out what you should know about the Belmont Stakes!
Not always run at a mile and not always run at Belmont, the Metropolitan Handicap is commonly referred to as the Met Mile.
Renamed in 2002 for one of racing’s most influential owner/breeders, this race has produced five Eclipse winners since it’s inception in 1961.
Raced at five different distances over turf and dirt since it’s inception at some point in the 1800’s, this race is a current staple of the Belmont Stakes undercard and was won by Preakness (the horse!).
Once won by three horses in a single year, this Breeders’ Cup Challenge Race has been run since 1938.
First run in 1939 and then not again until 1968, this turf race has produced notable Hall of Famers, dams and dam sires.
A clock malfunction, a change of venue, a notorious party scene and a pristine piece of art are just a few of the things you should know about the Preakness.
Named for one of the most well regarded fillies of any era, this race for fillies and mares has been won by a Kentucky Derby winner, produced 14 Eclipse winners and five Hall of Famers.
Named for the only winner of the race that went on to win two 3-year-old classic, this Derby prep has been a useful prep for the Louisiana Derby.
On its third name, find out out the race for 3-year-old fillies that has produced four winners of the Kentucky Oaks.
First run in 1944, this marquee race for older horses has been run at four distances over two surfaces and produced many Eclipse Award winners.
First Run in 1901, find out more about the race for 2-year-old fillies that has been won by a Horse of the Year and a Triple Tiara winner.
The most coveted U.S. racing series has only produced twelve winners since 1919, the last one in 2015, breaking a 37 year drought.
Run on two surfaces at three different distances, find out more the race that recently regained its graded status.
First run in 1928, find out more about the race that’s been contested over all three surfaces at several distances ranging from 6-furlongs to 1 1/4 miles.
The most famous race in the U.S. was first run in 1875 but didn’t become a national sensation until 1915, when the filly Regret won and it put it on the map.
Named for a dentist, this historic race for older horses has been won by some of the greats and has produced its share of notable upsets.
Named after a fierce 3-year-old filly, past winners of this Breeders’ Cup qualifying sprint have also won routes and in open company.
First run in 1946 and won by a film mogul’s horse, this race for 3-year-old fillies has been won and lost some by some of the greats.
This race for older fillies and mares has produced numerous champions and hall of famers, including several Horses of the Year.
First contested in 1861 and once won by twelve year old jockey, find out more about “The Race That Stops a Nation”