Horse Racing Calendar 2021


2021 promises to be another big year for the horse racing industry worldwide. While there will be many great events happening, they are all aimed at two major series; the Triple Crown in spring and the Breeders' Cup in autumn.

Our horse racing calendar marks all of these races, the major preparations that precede them, and all of the other top events along the way.

Using The Horse Racing Calendar 2021
The highlights of a horse racing calendar are, of course, the big races to look forward to like the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes, and Breeder's Cup, but there are also many other major horse races, events, and get-togethers that take place throughout the season. This applies to races in the US as well as on a global scale.

Whether you are an avid horse racing driver from a purely athletic standpoint to entertain yourself or you are a bettor, this updated horse racing calendar will prepare you well for the 2020 season so you can see when the next horse racing is open.


  • Apple Blossom Handicap – April 17, 2021
  • Kentucky Oaks – April 30, 2021

The season is really cooking by now. Spring has a whole bunch of Grade I races, including the Santa Anita Derby and the Apple Blossom Handicap – the potential return point for Monomoy Girl and a host of top-class older fillies as they begin their prep for the Breeders’ Cup.

Race Track Conditions Apple Blossom Handicap Oaklawn Park 4yo+ fillies, 1 1/16 miles, Grade I Kentucky Oaks Churchill Downs 3yo fillies, 1 1/8 miles, Grade I



  • Churchill Downs Stakes – May 1, 2021
  • Kentucky Derby – May 1, 2021
  • Man o’ War Stakes – May 8, 2021
  • Preakness Stakes – May 15, 2021

The Triple Crown begins in May, making it one of the two most important months on the horse racing schedule. Online horse betting reaches a peak and on the first Saturday of the month, the legendary Kentucky Derby takes place.

With a purse of some $3 million and a huge worldwide following, the Derby is one of the top horse events on the planet. It is quickly followed by the Preakness Stakes, while the top older horses go on the turf in the Man o’ War Stakes in New York.

Race Track Conditions Churchill Downs Stakes Churchill Downs 4yo+, 7/8 mile, GI Kentucky Derby Churchill Downs 3yo, 1¼ miles, GI Man o’ War Stakes Belmont Park 4yo+, 1 3/8 miles (turf), GI Preakness Stakes Pimlico 3yo, 1 3/16 miles, GI


  • Acorn Stakes – June 5, 2021
  • Belmont Stakes – June 5, 2021
  • Metropolitan Handicap – June 5, 2021
  • Hollywood Gold Cup – June 5, 2021

The Triple Crown is wrapped up quickly in early June during Belmont’s amazing summer meet. Almost all of America’s June Grade I action takes place in New York on the first Saturday. Sophomores go in the Acorn and the Belmont Stakes, while the Metropolitan Handicap (‘Met Mile’) is for the older horses.

Race Track Conditions Acorn Stakes Belmont Park 3yo fillies, 1 mile, GI Belmont Stakes Belmont Park 3yo, 1½ miles, GI Metropolitan Handicap Belmont Park 3yo+, 1m, GI (handicap) Hollywood Gold Cup Santa Anita 3yo+, 1¼ miles, GI


  • Belmont Derby – July 3, 2021
  • Belmont Oaks – July 3, 2021
  • Diana Stakes – July 10, 2021
  • Haskell Stakes – July 17, 2021

The three-year-olds have another huge event in July, the Haskell at Monmouth. By invitation only, the Haskell rates behind only the Triple Crown races in stature for this age group.

The 2021 horse racing calendar finds itself at somewhat of a halfway point here. The Triple Crown is over and there are still four months until the Breeders’ Cup. Nevertheless, there are of course more big horse races coming up.

Race Track Conditions Belmont Derby Belmont Park 3yo colts, 1¼ miles (turf) GI Belmont Oaks Belmont Park 3yo fillies, 1¼ miles (turf), GI Diana Stakes Saratoga 3yo+ fillies, 1 1/8 miles, GI Haskell Stakes Monmouth 3yo, 1 1/8 miles, GI (invitation only)


  • Whitney Handicap – August 7, 2021
  • Arlington Million – August 7, 2021
  • Beverly D. Stakes – August 7, 2021
  • Pacific Classic – August 14, 2021
  • Travers Stakes – August 21, 2021

The turf takes center stage in Illinois as the Arlington Million stages its 38th running. The Pacific Classic in California brings together the generations for the first time over ¼ miles, while some three-year-olds wait for the Travers Stakes in New York.

Race Track Conditions Whitney Handicap Saratoga 3yo+, 1 1/8 miles, GI Arlington Million Arlington Park 3yo+, 1¼ miles (turf), GI Beverly D. Stakes Arlington Park 3yo+ fillies, 1 3/16 miles (turf), GI Pacific Classic Del Mar 3yo+, 1¼ miles, GI Travers Stakes Saratoga 3yo, 1¼ miles, GI


  • Pennsylvania Derby – September 18, 2021
  • American Pharoah Stakes – September 25, 2021

It’s the turn of the juveniles to shine at Grade I level from September. The American Pharoah Stakes is a major Breeders’ Cup trial, while the sophomores go in the $1million Pennsylvania Derby.

Race Track Conditions Pennsylvania Derby Parx 3yo, 1 1/8 miles, GI American Pharoah Stakes Santa Anita 2yo, 1 1/16 miles, GI


  • Shadwell Turf Mile – October 2, 2021
  • Breeders’ Futurity Stakes – October 2, 2021
  • Jockey Club Gold Cup – October 9, 2021

While the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is the big race in Europe, things also kick up a notch here. It’s all eyes on the Breeders’ Cup by now, though a major juvenile race is the Futurity at Keeneland.

Race Track Conditions Shadwell Turf Mile Keeneland 3yo+, 1 mile (turf), GI Breeders’ Futurity Stakes Keeneland 2yo, 1 1/16 miles, GI Jockey Club Gold Cup Belmont Park 3yo+, 1¼ miles, GI


  • Breeders’ Cup – November 5 & 6, 2021
  • Clark Handicap – November 26, 2021

This is the moment the whole American horse racing calendar leads up to. Live streaming of major horse races reaches a peak now as the Breeders’ Cup gets going in California.

14 championship races all take place at Del Mar this year, from 5½ furlongs to 1¼ miles on turf and dirt, for juveniles, older horses, fillies, and colts and all for huge prize money.

After the Triple Crown, the Pacific Classic, the Haskell, and the Travers, the next horse race all trainers are looking forward to is the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic and that is just one of the big horse races coming up at Del Mar.

Race / Meet Track Conditions Breeders’ Cup World Championships Del Mar Various Clark Handicap Churchill Downs 3yo+, 1 1/8 miles, GI


  • Cigar Mile – December 4, 2021
  • La Brea Stakes – December 26, 2021

All eyes are already on 2022 by this point, but there is still more to come for the year. The Cigar Mile moves to December in New York while the fillies get to show their speed in the La Brea out in California.

Race Track Conditions Cigar Mile Aqueduct 3yo+, 1 mile, GI (handicap) La Brea Stakes Santa Anita 3yo fillies, 7/8 mile, GI



Of course, great horse racing is not just confined to the United States. All across the world each year there are some major horse races and festivals that take place, attracting tens of thousands of visitors and millions of eyes on the various media platforms. 


A lot of the best horses in the history of racing have come out of France and the nation has a long and storied tradition with racing. They have many spectacular race tracks dotted around the country, most notably Longchamps. Half of all of the grade I races in France take place on this track. It has been holding races since 1857, showcasing just how long the tradition of racing has been in the country. 

  • April – Prix de l’Atlantique
  • August – Grand Prix de Deauville
  • September – Prix de l’Etoile


The UK is also steeped in horse racing. The most famous races in the horse racing calendar would be the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Grand National. The Grand National is world-famous and has taken place since 1839 at the Aintree track which is close to Liverpool. 

  • March – Cheltenham Festival
  • April – Grand National
  • June – Royal Ascot


Horse racing has only started to become popular in recent years in Dubai. However, it has put a lot of time and resources into developing some top-notch racing in the country. The main event each season in the country has to be the World Cup Night, which has a massive purse worth $27.3 million.

  • March – Dubai World Cup


Horse racing is a popular sport in Australia, with tens of thousands of people regularly going to the leading racing festivals. At the Melbourne Cup, there is a crowd of about 120,000 people each and every year. 

  • November – Melbourne Cup


As you can see, there is no shortage of quality in the horse racing calendar each year. Throughout all twelve months of the horse racing calendar, you will have some action to follow. This means that you do not have to be waiting months and months for the season to restart like with most other sports that take extended off-season breaks. You can always be ready to choose your online horse betting selections and use popular betting platform’s live-streaming capabilities to watch these races.

This horse racing calendar provides you with all the info you need to make sure you don’t miss out on any of these great races.

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