The Lexington Stakes; a Renowned Race Run at a Premier Racecourse
The Lexington Stakes is an American Thoroughbred race held annually in mid to late April at the Keeneland Race course in Lexington, Kentucky. This Grade 3 event is open to horses three years old and older, and is run over a distance of 8.5 furlongs on a dirt racecourse. Originally called the Calumet Purse in 1936, the year it was first raced, the name of the race was changed to the Lexington Stakes in 1984. Since 1998 the race has been sponsored by Ireland’s famous Coolmore Stud, and the race is now referred to as the Coolmore Lexington Stakes. The Lexington Stakes is considered to be the final preparation for horses on the road to run in the Kentucky Derby.
Keeneland Racecourse was established in 1936 in the heart of America’s blue grass and horse breeding country. In 2009 the Horseplayers Association of America introduced a rating system for Thoroughbred race tracks in North America, and Keeneland was given the number one ranking. It was also designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986. Keeneland is also the world’s largest Thoroughbred auction house, conducting three sales annually.
The Famous Horse Called Lexington
The race is named after the renowned stallion Lexington. Lexington was a big bay colt, and an American Thoroughbred who won six of his seven race starts. He was also the leading sire in America for years and one of his many progeny was the legendary Preakness, namesake of the famous race at Pimlico.
The season’s final race on the trail of the Run for the Roses, carries prize money of 250,000 dollars. The winner will also earn ten points towards a berth in the Derby. Even for lesser placed horses, the Lexington Stakes represents a chance to qualify for other stakes races.
Global Interest in Major Sporting Events
International sporting events attract a huge amount of global interest. They are probably the world’s most popular form of entertainment, whether people are in attendance at the event, or watching the coverage on television. The next step for many people is to bet on the outcome of the competitions. For most people, betting on the horses is exciting and fun, and they will make thoughtful decisions about spending time and money. The latest trend in placing a wager on the races, is to do so online.
There are many advantages to placing a bet through the online betting sites or sports books. First of all, the transaction is free. The account at the betting site has to be funded, but there are no fees for betting from a tablet or smart phone. Another advantage is that the punter’s information and data is secure. There is no need to download a special app, as the site is a mobile. It is wise, however, to be sure the wager is confirmed by the sports book. .
It is always a good idea for the punter to do a little ground work on the data before placing a bet. Many of the top betting sites and sports books will offer relevant information on the competition. It is important to check on the distance the horses will run, the jockeys involved and the trainer of the horses, and of course the form of the horses themselves.
There are certain horses who are the pace setters in a race, and they are the most likely to provide the punter with a win.