Horse Racing is an immensely popular sport with fans spread all over the globe. Every year, horse racing fans congregate in large numbers for the Triple Crown and the Breeders Cup World Championships. The historic racing events are attended by millions of people.
The Triple Crown has a 100-year history in the racing of thoroughbreds. The competition flags off the racing season. Triple Crown consists of three racing events held over a period of one and a half months. The Kentucky Derby is the first event held in the competition, usually held in May. This is followed by the Preakness Stakes, held on the Pimlico Race Course, in Maryland. The Triple Crown is concluded by the event in Belmont Park in Elmont, New York.
As the name of the competition indicates, a horse has to be at the first position in all the three races to win the crown. Thus, by the Preakness, we know if there is a potential Triple Crown winner, for that year.
Unfortunately, no contender has won all three historic horse racing events since 1978. The last historic Triple Crown winner was Affirmed. He was the second colt to win in two years consecutively. However,there have been many who have managed to win in the first two events, the most recent one being Big Brown. He was, however, unable to distinguish himself in the Belmont Stakes.
This horse racing event series now has another competition to adjudge the best thoroughbred horse-the Breeders Cup. So far, the event has been held on a different race track every year. Due to the success it enjoyed last year at the Santa Anita Park Horse Track, the Cup will be held there again in November 2009. The Breeders Cup serves as a finale to the horse racing season.