Excitement Surrounds All-Russia Derby Prize
In North America, the Breeders’ Cup was first run in 1984 and is the climax of the horse racing season. The creation of this horse racing event eventually began inspiring other countries to host similar events. In Russia, the fifth leg of their Breeders’ Cup, leading to the final, which will be held on 27 September 2008, takes place on 16 August 2008, and is known as the All-Russia Derby Prize. It is a prestigious event, as some of the best horses in the country will be running with hopes of being including into the twelve horse line-up in the final show down.
The All-Russia Derby Prize will be hosted by the Central Moscow Hippodrome. This is the first time in the history of the Russian Breeders’ Cup that the All-Russia Derby Prize has been included as one of the Breeders’ Cup Championship events. It is a very exciting time for the race organizers, as spectators will be filling the Central Moscow Hippodrome to attend this magnificent event. Even celebrities and the Russian elite take the time to attend horse racing events, as racing has had to overcome many obstacles, such as political situations, to be able to run according to international standards that allow wagering.
Horse racing events in Russia are supported in their thousands, and everyone from the working class to politicians, actors, musicians and the wealthy elite arrive in their elegant creations. The dress code is strict: dresses for women and suits for men. Even though some outfits are eye-catching and unique, it is all about the hats for the ladies and every shape and form will be seen at the All-Russia Derby Prize. Some of the prominent members of society who have confirmed their presence at the event, including Oleg Deripaska (billionaire and equestrian farm owner), Ramsan Kadyrov (Chechen President) and Alexander Khakhonin (National Racing Society head), have their own horses competing. But there will also be breeders, trainers, owners and bloodstock agents present, looking out for that special horse and future prospects.
The All-Russia Derby Prize has a purse of one million rubles, and has been increasing with every passing year. With the VIP seating tickets almost sold out, the Central Moscow Hippodrome is estimated to welcome a minimum of fifteen thousand spectators. It is certain that the event will be successful enough to be included in the Breeders’ Cup Championship line-up next year.