Event Type Horse Racing
The Grand National is a National Hunt horse race held annually at Aintree Racecourse, near Liverpool, England. It is a handicap steeplechase over 4 miles 3½ furlongs, with horses jumping
The Grand National is a National Hunt horse race held annually at Aintree Racecourse, near Liverpool, England. It is a handicap steeplechase over 4 miles 3½ furlongs, with horses jumping 30 fences over two circuits. The Grand National was first run in 1839.
It is a handicap horse race, which horses carry diverse weights allocated by the handicapper, where competitors were required to jump varied fences and ditch obstacles over 4 miles 3 ½ furlongs (7,141 m) with horses jumping 30 fences over two circuits. It is the most important jump race in Europe and the price is £1 million in 2014.
The Aintree’s National Course is extremely difficult. It has larger fences than those seen on conventional National Hunt tracks.
The complexity of the Grand National fences and the quantity of runners (around 40 horses) is what make the race unique. Horses and riders compete against different types of fences and lots of other horses trying to jump them at the same moment.
The Canal Turn (90 degree turn after the jump), Becher’s Brook and The Chair are some of the fences that became famous in their own right, combined with the distance of the event, creating the “ultimate test of horse and rider”. There are 17 fences, in total.
The horse race has been broadcasting live on free-to-air terrestrial television in England since 1960 through BBC.
Over 500-600 million watch the Grand National in over 140 countries, broadcasting since 1927.
- 2018 Grand National will be held on April 14
- 2019 Grand National will be held on April 6
All Day (Saturday)
Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool
The Kentucky Derby is the second oldest horse race in America. The race track was built on farmland in Louisville, Kentucky. The first race was held on May 17, 1875,
The Kentucky Derby is the second oldest horse race in America. The race track was built on farmland in Louisville, Kentucky. The first race was held on May 17, 1875, with 10 thousand people in attendance, and has been held every year since. In the first event, an African-American named Oliver Lewis rode the winner, Aristides.
The race is held yearly in Louisville, Kentucky, United States during the first Saturday in May. It caps off the two-week Kentucky Derby Festival.
The race is a Grade I stakes race for three-year-old Thoroughbreds with a length of 2 kilometers at Churchill Downs. Colts and Geldings carry 57 kilograms or 126 pounds and fillies 55 kilograms or 121 pounds.
In the United States, the race is known to be “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” or “The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports” because of its duration. It is also known to be “The Run for the Roses” because the winner will be draped with 554 red roses. This tradition started in 1883.
The Kentucky Derby is one event of the United States Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, and is the most prestigious of these races. The other events are Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes. The Kentucky Derby followed by the Preakness Stakes and then the Belmont Stakes. To win the Triple Crown, the horse must win the three races.
Audience for the Kentucky Derby usually surpasses the attendance of all other stakes races including the Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes and the Breeders’ Cup.
All Day (Thursday)
Louisville, Kentucky, US