Horse Racing Fixtures

2016 produced its share of thoroughbred racing highlights, including a few of the more memorable Breeders’ Cup moments in the history of the event. Fans looking for an encore in 2017 certainly won’t have to wait long as the inaugural running of the Pegasus World Cup January 28 at Gulfstream Park should provide plenty of fireworks in a month typically void of gargantuan races. [+]

Not only will the Pegasus World Cup feature the richest purse of any race in the world at a staggering $12 million, but the mile and one eighth event will also serve as the rematch between California Chrome and Arrogate, who thrilled racing fans with their slugfest in the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita.

Horse racing Fixtures 2017

The big race sets a perfect tone for a 2017 stakes calendar that will offer plenty of thrills and excitement. Here’s a look at the premier events on tap this year.

January
 JAN 21  Grade 2 Santa Monica Stakes at Santa Anita Fillies & Mares 4&Up,7f
 JAN 21  Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream Park 3 YO & Up, 1 1/8 miles
 JAN 28  Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park 3 YO & Up, 1 1/8 miles
 JAN 28  California Cup Derby at Santa Anita 3 YO (CA), 1 1/16 miles
February
 FEB 4  Grade 2 Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park 3 YO, 1 1/16 miles
 FEB 4  Grade 2 Swale Stakes at Gulfstream Park 3 YO, 7f
 FEB 5  Grade 2 Las Virgenes Stakes at Santa Anita 3 YO, 1 mile
March
 MAR 4  Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park 3 YO, 1 1/16 miles
 MAR 4  Grade 2 Mac Diarmida Stakes at Gulfstream 3 YO & Up, 1 3/8 miles Turf
 MAR 11  Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap at Santa Anita 3 YO & Up, 1 1/4 miles 
 MAR 25  Group 1 Dubai World Cup at Meydan   3 YO & Up, 1 1/4 miles
April
 APR 8  Grade 2 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland  3 YO, 1 1/8 miles
 APR 8  Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby at Santa Anita 3 YO, 1 1/8 miles
 APR 15  Grade 1 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park 3 YO, 1 1/8 miles
 APR 15  Grade 1 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park  3 YO, 1 1/8 miles
May
 MAY 5  Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs 3 YO f, 1 1/8 miles
 MAY 6  Grade 1 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs 3 YO, 1 1/4 miles
 MAY 20  Grade 1 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico 3 YO 1 3/16 miles
June
 JUN 3  Group 1 Epsom Derby at Epsom Downs 3 YO, about 1 1/2 miles turf 
 JUN 10  Grade 1 Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park 3 YO, 1 1/2 miles
 JUN 10  Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park 3 YO & Up, 1 mile
 JUN 17  Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs 3 YO & Up, 1 1/8 miles
 JUN 21  Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascott 3 YO & Up, 1 mile turf
July
 JUL 1  Group 1 Irish Derby at the Curragh 3 YO, about 1 1/2 miles turf
 JUL *  Grade 2 Wise Dan Handicap at Churchill Downs 3 YO and Up, 1 1/16 miles turf
 JUL 21  Grade 2 Lake George Stakes at Saratoga 3 YO Fillies, 1 1/16 miles turf
 JUL 29  Grade 1 Clement L. Hirsch Stkes at Del Mar 3 YO Fillies and Up, 1 1/16 miles
August
 AUG 26  Grade 1 Ballarina Stakes at Saratoga 3 YO fillies, 7 f
 AUG 26  Grade 1 Travers Stakes at Saratoga  3 YO, 1 1/4 miles
 AUG 26  Grade 1 Pacific Classic Stakes at Del Mar 3 YO & Up, 1 1/4 miles
September
 SEP *  Grade 1 Bing Crosby Handicap at Del Mar 3 YO & Up, 6 f
 SEP *  Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity at Del Mar 2 YO, 7 f 
 SEP *  Grade 1 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga 3 YO & Up, 1 1/8 miles
October
 OCT 1  Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Chantilly 3 YO & Up, about 1 1/2 miles turf
 OCT *  Grade 1 Alcibiades at Keeneland 2 YO, 1 1/16 miles
 OCT *  Grade 1 Spinster at Keeneland 3 YO & Up fillies, 1 1/8 miles
 OCT *  Grade 1 Awesome Again at Santa Anita 3 YO & Up, 1 1/16 miles
November
 NOV 3   Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Del Mar 3 YO & Up fillies and mares, 1 1/8 miles
 NOV 4  Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Del Mar 3 YO & Up, 1 1/4 miles
 NOV 4  Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Turf at Del Mar 3 YO & Up, 1 1/2 miles turf
 NOV *  Group 1 Japan Cup at Tokyo Racecourse 3 YO & Up, about 1 1/4 miles
December
 DEC *  Grade 1 Los Alamitos Futurity at Los Alamitos 2 YO, 1 1/16 miles
 DEC *  Group 1 Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin Racecourse 3 YO & Up, about 1 1/2 miles turf
 DEC 26  Grade 1 Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita 3 YO, 7 f
 DEC 26  Grade 1 La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita 3 YO fillies, 7 f

Type Of Horse Bets

Most horseplayers live for big race days. The horses are better, the wagering pools are bigger, and, in general, there’s more money to be made. Over the last several years, racetrack managment around the country has embraced the concept of putting all their eggs – or at least many of their eggs – in one proverbial basket. Belmont Park, for example, now cards nearly all of its major spring meet stakes races on the same day as the Belmont Stakes.

As a result, bettors can now enjoy the track’s two signature spring races – the Belmont Stakes and Metropolitan Handicap – on the same day. This heightens the stakes for bettors and provides one of the most anticipated racing days of the year. Similarly, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes undercards are filled with stakes action, giving bettors a full day of top-quality action.

All of these events however, pale in comparison to the two-day betting bonanza known as the Breeders’ Cup. It’s all quite simple really. When more bettors get involved in the best races of the year, players have an opportunity to accomplish something big. Sign up for an online account at one of the reliable racebooks noted in the table below and catch all the major action in 2017!