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2012 Horse Racing Events

Published on February 9, 2012 by   ·   No Comments

Horse Racing is one of the most popular sports in the world. You will see major events that take place in many countries, but particularly in the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, France, Italy and Australia. Almost every country has their own version of the Triple Crown, which was originally created in England in the 1850’s.

I’ve decided to create a new section on Best Sports Gambling for Horse Racing events that will happen throughout the year. The Racing season doesn’t really start to heat up until March, but that is no longer that far away.

There are multiple Graded Stakes that take place in the U.S. every week. The typical purse for these events is between $100,000 to $300,000. During the winter, most of these races are held in Florida, California and other warm weather cities.

There are three different grades for these races: 1, 2 and 3. Grade 1 are the most important and offer the highest purse. Grade 2 is still important and will still offer a decent purse. Grade 3 races are the most common and offer the lowest purse for the Graded Stakes races.

The Graded Stakes come in three age groups: 3 Year Olds, 3+ Years and 4+ Years. The 3 Year Old races are the most important this time of year, because they are the only ones that can qualify for the Kentucky Derby.

In the Fall every year, the Breeders Cup involves multiple races to determine the best 2 year old horses. This is the first look at many of the horses that will be competing for a chance to win the Triple Crown starting in May.

Each race will have its own distance. Most races will fall between 1 mile and 1 1/2 miles in length. This is important because some horses are sprinters and others do better on endurance. Make sure you find a good program that has all of the horses recent racing information before you start placing bets.

2012 Horse Racing Schedule


Here are the premiere racing events that will take place in 2012:


Donn Handicap – This is the next major Graded Stakes raced at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Florida. It is a 1 1/8 mile long track with all 4+ Year horses racing for a chance at a $500,000 purse. The race will begin Saturday, February 11 at 4:45PM ET.

Risen Star Stakes – This is the next Graded Stakes race that matters on the trail to qualify to the Kentucky Derby. This is a 1 1/16 mile long race that is raced in New Orleans at the Fair Grounds track. The purse for this race is $300,000 which will take place February 25 at 5:00PM ET.

Fountain of Youth Stakes – The very next day (2/26) is another Grade 2 race for 3 Year Old horses at Gulfstream Park. The Fountain of Youth Stakes is a 1 1/16 mile long track. The race begins at 5:00PM ET and the purse is $400,000.


This is the month where things start to heat up in the horse racing world. Over in England, they have their famed Cheltenham Festival the second full week in March. This is a 4-day festival with National Hunt races, where horses have to clear hurdles and other obstacles as they are racing. Learn more about Cheltenham Betting here.

Back over in the States, there are many more major graded stakes as horses get prepared and try to qualify for the Kentucky Derby in May. Here are some of the major events this month:

Las Virgenes Stakes – This is a Grade 1 Stakes for 3 year old horses that takes place on 3/3 at Santa Anita racetrack. The purse is $250,000 for this 1 Mile race.

Santa Anita Handicap – This race takes place the same day and at the same track. It is for 4+ year olds and is a 1 1/4 mile race. The purse is an impressive $750,000.

Rebel Stakes – We’ll jump ahead 2 weeks to this $500,000 race that takes place at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas. This 1 1/16 mile race is another of the important races on the trail to the Kentucky Derby.

Florida Derby – Here is the first major race of the season and the first race with a purse of $1,000,000. This is a 1 1/8 mile Grade 1 race for 3 year olds and a major stepping stone towards the Kentucky Derby. It takes place at the very end of March on Saturday the 31st at 5:00PM ET.

Santa Anita Oaks – Simultaneously on the other side of the country, the 1 1/16 mile Santa Anita Oaks will start. It is another Grade 1 Stakes for 3 year olds and has a purse of $300,000.


This is when horse racing begins to take center stage. There is 3 separate $1,000,000 races and a total of 5 with a purse of $750,000 or more. These big races are all for 3 Year Old horses and all of them will determine which horses will get into the Kentucky Derby in early May.

Louisiana Derby – A 1 1/8 mile race that takes place at the Fair Grounds on April 1 at 5:00PM.

Santa Anita Derby – A 1 1/8 mile race that is happening simultaneously with the Louisiana Derby.

Resorts World New York Casino Wood Memorial Stakes – Another 1 1/8 mile race which is run at the Aqueduct Track in Ozone Park, New York on April 7.

Arkansas Derby – A 1 1/8 mile race that is run at Oaklawn Park on April 14 at 5:00PM ET.

Toyota Blue Grass Stakes – A race of 9 Furlongs run at the Keeneland Track in Lexington, Kentucky that runs at the same time as the Arkansas Derby.


This month and a half is where I am going to stop this post. Once the Triple Crown gets started, I am sure that I will get another post written that will detail these races properly.

Kentucky Derby – The most exciting 2 minutes in sports. This is a Grade 1 race for 3 Year Old horses that qualify for this 1 1/4 Mile race. It will take place on May 5 at 5:00PM ET at the famed Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky. There is a $2,000,000 purse with this race. You can bet on Kentucky Derby here and try to cash in on the winning horse.

Preakness Stakes – Two weeks later, the second race of the Triple Crown will begin. The Preakness is a 1 3/16 mile race that takes place on May 19 at 5:00PM ET. It is run at Pimlico racetrack in Baltimore, Maryland.

Belmont Stakes – The final leg of the Triple Crown is the Belmont, which is run at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York on June 9th at 5:00PM ET. It is a 1 1/2 mile long track. The excitement for this race usually comes and goes with casual fans if the same horse doesn’t win the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.

Also, about the same time that these races are being held, Great Britain has their version of the Triple Crown which precedes the races in the U.S. by about 30 years. These races are the 2,000 Guineas Stakes, the Epsom Derby and the St. Leger Stakes. The first two races take place early May and early June. However, the St. Leger Stakes does not take place until September, which seems like a long time to wait for the final leg.

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