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Thoroughbred Horse Racing

Thoroughbred racing is a horse racing sport that involves the racing of thoroughbred horses. The sport is very popular around the world especially in the United States and the UK.

There are two major types of thoroughbred racing, flat racing and jump racing. Flat races, which are conducted over various distances, is the most popular between the two, with several major races around the world.

In the United States, several thoroughbred races are conducted every year. The most popular of which are, the Kentucky Derby — a 2.0 km race on a in Kentucky,  the Preakness Stakes - a 1.9 km race on a dirt track in Maryland, and the Belmont Stakes - a 2.4 km race on a dirt track in New York, collective referred to as triple crown.

Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs 143rd Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs (2017)

In the UK, there is a triple crown of their own, which consists of, 2,000 Guineas Stakes - a 1,609 metres race in Suffolk, the Epsom Derby - a 2,423 metres race in Surrey, and the St. Leger Stakes - a 2,937 metres race Yorkshire.

There are also triple crown races conducted in several other countries, like, Ireland, Canada, and Australia, which are popular in their own right within their respective countries.

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