2021 has already been a massive year for the horse racing industry. Across the world, from the United Kingdom to Japan to Canada, we have seen several events take place. It is hard to believe the horse racing calendar continues into the fall, considering how busy it has already been. For instance, the Santa Anita Derby was in April, while the Royal Ascot consumed our attention in June, followed by the Whitney Stakes in August.  

Alas, though, the show goes on — and we are not complaining. Here are what horse racing events worldwide you can expect to take place in the fall.

The United States

Horse racing in the United States dates back to 1665, with the Travers Stakes the oldest major thoroughbred event in the country. It has been a whirlwind year for horse racing in the United States already, with the Triple Crown races done and dusted. Luckily for horse racing enthusiasts, bettors, and jockeys, the fall is expected to bring even more heat.

The United States will put on the Pennsylvania Derby on September 18, 2021, and the American Pharaoh Stakes in California on September 25. The latter is a key Breeders’ Cup trial, so you will want to make sure you are paying attention to the results of this event.

The United Kingdom

Like the United States, the UK’s horse racing industry has had a busy, show-stopping year already. In April, Rachel Blackmore became the first female jockey to win the Grand National, a National Hunt horse race in Liverpool that saw, according to SportsPro Media, British television network ITV bring in a peak audience of nearly 10 million. 

The United Kingdom is kicking off its fall horse racing schedule in the best way: Ascot’s September racing weekend, which will feature seven competitive Flat races, starting on Friday, September 3.


Canadians may have to look elsewhere for their horse racing fix this fall as there are not many events taking place. The most notable event is the Prince of Wales race at the Fort Erie Racetrack in Ontario on September 14 and the Canadian International Stakes on September 18, 2021. 

A slow schedule is not ideal for Canadians who wanted to attend in-person horse racing events this fall. That said, horse racing bettors are still in for a busy September. According to Bonusfinder Canada, Canadians love sports betting, including wagering on horse racing events. Canada’s gambling market reached USD 14.72 billion in 2019, as reported by Statista, in part because Canadians get access to deposit deals and free bet offers from sportsbooks around the world. This includes sportsbooks like Betway, which offers free bets and live odds on major horse racing events in the United Kingdom. 

Now that the Olympics is over and we are in the final stretch of summer, it is time to look ahead to the fall horse racing calendar. Regardless of whether you are a horse racing fan, jockey or breeder, or bettor, there are several events to mark down in your calendars this fall.

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