Horse racing is booming in NJ – a sport that a lot of people enjoy watching and placing bets every week. So what do American horse racing fans have to look forward to in 2020? Here is a list of the best events for thoroughbred racehorses.
The Run for the Roses is still the ultimate test for American three-year-old thoroughbreds. It endures as the most historic and significant equivalent to the British Classics on which it is based and somehow seems infinitely most prestigious than other US Triple Crown events, the Preakness and Belmont Stakes.
May 2, 2020, is the date for the next Kentucky Derby. Run over about a mile-and-a-quarter at Churchill Downs in Louisville in the Bluegrass State, the winner is often unraced as a two-year-old making it tough for bettors to have a long-term gamble.
Belmont Stakes and Gold Cup Invitational
Belmont Park on the edge of New York City hosts the third and final leg of the US Triple Crown, plus an invitational contest for stayers. The Belmont Stakes is run on dirt over a mile-and-a-half sometimes five, but in this coming year’s case six weeks after the Kentucky Derby.
The Belmont Gold Cup Invitational over two miles is for four-year-olds and up. Transatlantic raiders from France, Ireland and the UK have lined up in recent renewals, so it’s well worth keeping an eye out for the best horse racing tips on this event which takes place in 2020 on June 13.
American Grand National
Horse racing in the US tends to focus on Flat thoroughbreds, but those with an aptitude for jumps can contest the American Grand National at Far Hills just outside the New York City limits in New Jersey.
As with the Belmont Gold Cup in nearby Elmont, horses from Britain and Ireland have in recent years come over to contest this race, which is more of a hurdles event than a traditional National Hunt steeplechase.
Brain Power from the mighty English stable of Nicky Henderson took the 2019 running when Irish raider Wicklow Brave sadly suffered a fatal fall in front at the final flight. The American Grand National of 2020 is penciled in for October 17.