After all of the excitement of the Kentucky Derby, it’s time to look ahead to see which top horse racing events are going to provide the best bet for equine entertainment over the coming months.
From traditional race meetings in the racing heartlands of the UK, to some of America’s most dazzling races, here’s a selection of events to keep an eye on, along with some horse racing tips to guarantee a perfect day’s entertainment.
California State Fair
One of the best tips for enjoying a truly glamorous day at the races is to head to the California State Fair in July. Held at the prestigious Sacramento Miller Lite Racetrack, this epic event features three successive weekends of racing action including thoroughbreds, quarter horses and mules all providing quality entertainment for the thousands of racing fans who pack the grandstands.
In 2016 the event kicks off on July 8, but it’s July 23 when the most highly-anticipated races occur with the Governor’s Cup always providing some lucrative betting options. Last year was one of the best California State Fairs yet with the recently introduced Sacramento Golden Bear Sprint offering a fresh challenge for three-year-olds.
However, for some truly traditional racing entertainment, then it’s best to take a look over to the UK where the Glorious Goodwood event delivers one of the best examples of flat racing in this horse racing-crazy nation.
Beginning on July 26 in the heartlands of West Sussex, the event offers all of the extravagance that you’d expect from UK racing. And with the Sussex Stakes and Nassau Stakes forming the main Group 1 contests, there’s many interesting betting options to be had as several key players are coming on leaps and bounds for what will surely be a hotly contested affair.
However, for all American racing fans, it’s always the Breeder’s Cup that truly delivers what racing is all about. Returning to the legendary Santa Anita Park in California, this promises to be yet another fantastic racing spectacle that should repeat the excitement felt in 2015 when American Pharoah turned in a commanding victory to claim racing immortality.
This year the $5 million Breeder’s Cup will be broadcast live on NBC, but for a true taste of the excitement of top level horse racing with the chance to take advantage of the best tips, it’s best to get to California and enjoy the most intense horse racing of 2016!