The Greatest Moments In Horse Racing History

The Greatest Moments In Horse Racing History  Just like any other sport, horse racing has its fair share of defining moments. If you’re a horse racing fan (and you certainly should be), then you’ll probably already be able to bring a fair few of them to mind; those moments that you’ll tell other people about for years to come, the moments that you’ll remember fondly if you’re an enthusiast. Of course, it isn’t possible to recap every amazing thing that has happened throughout the storied history of the sport. Still, we wanted to pay homage to this incredible pastime, so here, without further ado, are some of the greatest moments in horse racing history.

Any Royal Ascot win

Alright, we’re copping out a little here with our first entry, but we want to draw attention to just how iconic the Royal Ascot is as an event. It’s one of the most important moments on the horse racing calendar, and so literally any win, any horse that crosses the finish line, is a special moment. We’re going to throw our lot in for the 2021 race, though; Berkshire Shadow’s victory was special in an event that trainer Andrew Balding told Betway is “the focal point of what we (horse racing professionals) try to achieve”.

American Pharoah wins the Triple Crown

At the time that American Pharoah took home the Triple Crown victory, it had been a stunning 37 years since any horse had achieved the feat. American Pharoah had already won the Kentucky Derby and followed that victory up with another stunner at the Preakness Stakes, so now it was all down to the Belmont Stakes. At the beginning of the race, it didn’t look like American Pharoah was going to take the crown, but then he picked up the pace and left his competitors in the dirt. His Belmont Stakes win was the second-fastest ever, behind Secretariat (not a bad place to be!).

Mine That Bird overcomes the odds

Horse racing enthusiasts will already know the name of Mine That Bird, but if you haven’t heard the tale, draw up a chair. Conditions were awful for Mine That Bird’s race in the 2009 Kentucky Derby; the rain had poured overnight, which meant the ground was the perfect consistency for getting stuck. Mine That Bird’s start was horrible, but he quickly found his hooves and ended up 6-and-three-quarter lengths ahead of the competition by the time of the last half-furlong. Mine That Bird’s victory would go down in history as the fastest Kentucky Derby win since Secretariat’s 1973 victory.

Secretariat breaks records

Secretariat is another horse completely deserving of his immense fame. Back in 1973, Secretariat was ready to break records, and that’s exactly what he did when he ran the Belmont Stakes. The course is a mile and a half long, and Secretariat managed to run it in a staggering 2 minutes, 24 seconds. That’s a record that still stands today, which means that the Belmont Stakes has arguably never seen a horse as special as Secretariat was. He would go on to sire daughters who would then mother several successful racehorses, so Secretariat’s line was just as powerful as he was.

Grundy and Bustino clash

When you think about horse racing clashes of the titans, this race between Grundy and Bustino has to qualify. Four years after Steven Spielberg released his taut masterpiece Duel, another tense battle between two great rivals was due to take place. Right out of the gate, it wasn’t obvious who was going to win; both Grundy and Bustino were furious monsters battling for dominance. Neither was far ahead enough to guarantee victory until Grundy managed to edge ahead, securing the win and putting his name in the history books. To this day, both horses are remembered as legends.

Red Rum inches past Crisp

There’s a good reason that Red Rum is one of the most famous horses of all time. Of course, the horse has managed to achieve a number of stunning victories in his time, but almost none are as stunning as his incredible win at the Grand National in 1973. Crisp was set to dominate the race; indeed, he’d been ahead for some time, and being ahead by a staggering 20 lengths, it was pretty much guaranteed that he would win. Unfortunately, his opponent was the legendary Red Rum, who managed to inch past Crisp right at the end of the race, claiming victory by a single quarter of a length. Close!

Shergar needs a telescope

One of the most famous pieces of horse racing commentary ever to grace the microphone came in 1981, when Shergar was racing at the Epsom Derby. Shergar was, of course, the favourite to win the Derby; after all, this is Shergar we’re talking about. However, nobody was quite prepared for just how decisive Shergar’s win would be. As he began to open up his lead, commentator Peter Bromley proclaimed that you would “need a telescope” to see the other horses in the race, so massive was Shergar’s lead. Suffice it to say that Shergar achieved victory that day.

Kauto Star reclaims his crown

In 2008, the legendary horse Kauto Star suffered an embarrassing setback as he lost to the horse Denman by seven lengths at Cheltenham. Kauto Star had been the favourite at that competition, so his loss was especially jarring (although both horses had been trained by Paul Nicholls, so really, the victory was his). However, in 2009, it was all to play for, and Kauto Star clearly wanted his crown back. He went on to destroy Denman by an astonishing 13 lengths, easily winning back his title and becoming the first ever horse to do so.

Royal Ascot with Andrew Balding

Well hasn’t it come around quickly? This year’s Royal Ascot is now upon us. The fabulous five day event as always promises to be a heady mix of top racing action, high fashion and class. Commencing on Tuesday 14th June until 18th of the same month, excited racing fans will be heading to Ascot, Berkshire, in their droves as well of tuning in across the nation (with UK TV audiences approaching 2 million) and indeed the world. Thursday 16th is the cherry on the cake, as it’s Ladies Day, and the fashions on display from wild to wonderful really add to the sense of occasion.

One person more excited than many at Royal Ascot has to be trainer Andrew Balding. In 2021 he had no shortage of winners (4) which made it his most successful display yet. With such high hopes for 2022 and an upcoming documentary in the pipeline, in the above Betway Insider (who is an Ambassador for Betway) interview Andrew offers up an assessment of his 2021 performance, hopes for 2022 and comments of those oh so pertinent (Jubilee!) to our times Royal connections – the prospect of training a winner for the Queen. Check it out!

Reasons for growth in the online sports betting market

Reasons for growth in the online sports betting market  Sport has been an important part of most cultures around the world, for as long as we know. It

gathers people, creates communities, offers activity, and is of course a lot of fun to watch. There is no denying that sport can be highly interesting to watch, and many get super excited to see the results of a match or tournament. To make sports events even more fun, people bet on certain happenings. This has been done for centuries but has now become increasingly more popular. 

Grand sporting events

A reason for the rise in the online sports betting market is some of the grand sporting events we are used to watching. This is nothing new, and sports could definitely be a big deal back in the days as well. However, now it is much more accessible, as you can watch it not only on television but also stream it through your phone. Examples of these events are the Super Bowl, the World Cup Finale, and the Belmont Stakes. If you wish to have the best sporting experience, you can visit

the tracks and look up some belmont stakes odds to prepare for betting. Some of these events cash in billions in bets every year!

The legalization of betting 

Another factor that is playing a significant role when it comes to online sports betting and its more recent success, is the legalization of it. Many countries are now legalizing gambling so that people can bet. Last year, no less than 11 American States legalized gambling on sports, and there is likely more to come. This change resulted in the betting industry doubling in spinning 2021, and wagers accounted for a whopping $52.7 billion the same year. These actions are affecting both fellow bettors and sportsbooks all over the world.

Better technology 

If it wasn’t for technology, betting would be much more difficult, or at least quite different today. Online betting is so accessible today, and anyone with a smartphone and internet access can get started right away. Live streaming of matches makes it possible to bet on any sporsportsnt around the globe, and to follow it as it is happening. Advanced technology is also allowing for safer

betting, and for people to sign up quickly.


We are certainly seeing rapid changes in the online sports betting market, and are excited to follow it further.

Top 5 Contenders in the Kentucky Derby 2022

Top 5 Contenders in the Kentucky Derby 2022  The Kentucky Derby is almost here and will be held on May 7, 2022. Of course, the Derby will always take place at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. However, this year’s Derby should be fascinating because it marks the return of spectators.

After over two years of being held without spectators due to the pandemic, the Derby is finally welcoming back everyone without restrictions on Saturday. As a result, we can expect about 150,000 people to attend the event.

If you’re looking to bet on this year’s Derby, here are the top five contenders to look out for.

Mo Donegal

Mo Donegal lost the position draw. He’s positioned at number one, getting the dreaded rail. This talented son of Uncle Mo is one of the three entries for Todd Pletcher and was last seen on March 9 in the Wood Memorial.

Mo Donegal won that race by just a neck, cementing his place in the Kentucky Derby. The horse’s odds are 10-1 and could give Donegal Racing (owners) an opportunity for their Derby win.

The horse’s running style is closer, which means the horse likes to race near the lead. And that’s often a recipe for disaster in a 20-horse field like the Kentucky Derby. One of the big reasons is that there are so many horses in the race. So if you’re not careful, it’s easy to get boxed in or pushed wide around turns.

The other reason is that the Derby is run at a mile and a quarter. That’s a long way, and often, horses race on or near the lead tire in the stretch. So while Mo Donegal has talent, he’ll need to overcome some obstacles if he wants to win the Kentucky Derby.


One of the top contenders for the 2022 kentucky derby is Epicenter. According to the morning lines, Epicenter is one of the favorites, and that’s not surprising given his impressive resume in the field.

The horse comes off a back-to-back Grade II win, including the last in the Louisiana Derby. That race has almost the same distance as the Kentucky Derby. Nevertheless, trainer Steve Asmussen believes in the horse’s abilities, saying that he has “unlimited potential.”

Epicenter is positioned at post number three and has 7-2 odds. It’s exciting to see what this horse can do in the Derby. So far, he’s shown a lot of promise and is one to watch out for.


Zandon is the co-favorite for the 148th Run for the Roses. He’s heading to the Derby off a win in the Blue Grass Stakes, earning a career-best Equibase speed figure of 107.

The horse is a surprise to be in the Derby field as the names above him on the morning line have been Derby contenders for months. Zandon was given little chance to make the field when he entered the Blue Grass, but he ran a terrific race to finish first.

There’ll be a tight race between the top three-morning line choices. But if the Zandon can run anywhere close to his Blue Grass effort, he’ll be a serious contender come Saturday afternoon.


The son of Empire Maker, Messier is another horse to watch out for in the Kentucky Derby this May 7. Named after Mark Messier (NHL legend), the horse will attempt to deliver the same way his namesake did back then. The horse is owned by a syndicate of enthusiasts, one of which has a connection to Mark Messier himself.

The horse drew post position number six and had an 8-1 odds. Messier is the number three betting choice, coming behind Epicenter. With pedigree, running style, and speed, the colt is set to win the Derby this year.

While he may not be the favorite, don’t count Messier out just yet. This horse has plenty of potential. So, be sure to keep an eye on him on May 7. Who knows, he might be the one to take home the roses this year.

White Abarrio

Trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. hopes to make his first Kentucky Derby a winning one with White Abarrio. The horse is coming off with a solid win in the Florida Derby, earning 10-1 odds.

White Abarrio will be up against some stiff competition, including the likes of Epicenter. But Joseph is confident in his horse’s abilities, which his impressive racing resume can prove. White Abarrio has won four of his five starts.

As you can see, White Abarrio has what it takes to win the Kentucky Derby. He’s got the talent and the experience. So be sure to keep an eye on him on Saturday, May 7.


The Kentucky Derby is the most exciting two minutes in sports, and this year’s race will be even better with the return of spectators. Over 150,000 people are expected to attend the event, so that it will be a great spect

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