What is Flat Racing?
Flat racing is considered the most popular type of horse race in the world. Thoroughbred horses usually participate in these types of horse races and the racing action often occurs on flat, levelled surfaces. The Triple Crown horse racing events, including the Belmont Stakes, Preakness Stakes, and Kentucky Derby, are by far the most popular flat racing events.
However, any horse race that occurs on a flat surface without any obstacles or hurdles can qualify as a flat race. You will come to find that flat races usually occur at distances of between 1 and 3 miles, depending on the horse racing event, and can test the stamina and speed of a horse.
The most popular surface for horses to run on is turf. However, you will find tons of races that also occur on dirt tracks, especially when you bet on horse racing events in the United States.
In Europe and the United Kingdom, you will find that flat racing is divided into two classifications, including Handicap Racing and Conditions Racing. Handicap and Conditions races essentially refer to the handicaps that have been set for horses long before the event gets underway.
There are several elements that determine a Conditions race, including the sex and age of a horse. When it comes to Handicap races, you will find that horsed with an initial advantage will carry additional weight to level the playing field for bettors.
Handicap races are also usually set by a handicapper and will not be based on the sex or age of the horse. Handicappers take into account the horse’s pedigree, post position, form, pace, speed, the jockey, and a host of other key elements that can effectively handicap the race.
The Breeder’s Cup Classic, along with the Triple Crown racing events, are considered the most popular flat racing events in the United States.
If you keen on placing a bet on flat racing in the United Kingdom, you will find that the 2,000 Guineas Stakes, the 1,000 Guineas Stakes, the Leger Stakes, the Epsom Oaks, and the Epsom Derby are considered the most popular flat racing events in Great Britain.