What is the difference between horse racing in the UK vs. the US? - Kimberly Beckett

What is the difference between horse racing in the UK vs. the US?

Horse racing is one of the oldest of all sports, and its basic concept has undergone virtually no change over the centuries. It developed from a primitive contest of speed or stamina between two horses into a spectacle involving large fields of runners, sophisticated electronic monitoring equipment, and immense sums of money, but its essential feature has always been the same: the horse that finishes first is the winner. In the modern era, horse racing developed from a diversion of the leisure class into a huge public-entertainment business. By the first decades of the 21st century, however, the sport’s popularity had shrunk considerably. However, racing at the highest levels is still very popular.

Racing Toward Love centers around the English Triple Crown is a three-race competition for Thoroughbred racehorses. The English Triple Crown consists of the 2000 Guineas Stakes (at 1 mile), The Derby (at 1½ miles), and the St. Leger Stakes (at 1 mile 6 furlongs and 127 yds) although the distances have varied throughout the years.

In Racing Toward Love, Megan Brady’s horse, Seabiscuit II, is a contender to be the first horse in years to win the British Triple Crown. That’s why the Irish mob is so interested in capitalizing on the massive increase in public attention and the related increase in betting that is sure to accompany this latest sensation to launder large quantities of illegal money. It is generally conceded that capturing the British Triple Crown is more difficult to achieve than winning the American Triple Crown, because, even though the British trio of races takes place over a longer span of time (four months compared with four to five weeks), the large difference in race distances (1 mile for the Two Thousand Guineas, 1.5 miles for the Derby, and 1.75 miles for the Saint Leger) tests the horses’ versatility.

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