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Grade 1 winner at the very end of last year and lost nothing in defeat to Homerique the last twice and looks to have a much easier task tonight. Valedictorian can give the selection most to think about but looks likely to be the one to set the fractions and can set it for us.
Horse racing may be huge in the UK but it is at a different level when it comes to viewers and prize money in America. Whether it is snow, mud, turf or sand, they battle every element possible to make sure racing takes place.
America is a huge country, so there are plenty of meetings to get stuck into on a daily basis. Our free American horse racing tips will focus on the biggest meetings available each night and top quality racing is always a guarantee. The most popular racecourses in America are Saratoga, Pimlico, Monmouth Park, Churchill Downs, Aqueduct, Belmont Park, Arlington Park, Santa Anita Park, Suffolk Downs, Keeneland and Del Mar.
The most popular races in America are mainly run between five furlongs and a mile and they mainly tend to focus on flat racing. Jumps racing does happen – they even have their own Grand National – but it is nowhere near as popular as the flat scene. The Kentucky Derby is the biggest race of the year, held in the first week of May annually. The Triple Crown is made up of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes. The showpiece carnival is The Breeders’ Cup which is held at the end of the year and this meeting attracts the best horses from around the world.
Our tips will be some of the biggest names in racing on the odd occasion. Horses that have become part of the furniture in recent years are California Chrome who was the American Horse of the Year in 2014 after landing the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. The up-and-coming stars in American racing are Songbird on the female side and Arrogate for the boys, a superstar young horse who beat California Chrome in the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Classic.
America is 5-9 hours behind Europe, so racing will generally take place between 4pm and 3am UK time. “Stateside” is shown nearly every night on the TV – At The Races shows American racing live from 10pm most nights! There are some races on before this, but they cannot be televised here as it would clash with our local horse racing.