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In the United States, there are two main horse racing events - The Triple Crown and The Breeders' Cup.

The Triple Crown is the pinnacle of horseracing achievements for three-year-old thoroughbreds. It requires winning three of the biggest stakes races in the world, back to back to back, all within a five-week stretch that starts on the first Saturday of May.

The races, in order of running, are The Kentucky Derby, The Preakness Stakes two weeks later, and The Belmont Stakes three weeks after that. Each of these races is a prestigious event in and of itself but when a horse combines to win all of them the feat becomes legendary. In fact, only eleven horses have been Triple Crown winners.

The Breeders' Cup is a one-day event held at a location that changes each year. All the sites have been in the United States, except in 1996, when the races were held at Woodbine Racetrack in Canada.

The Breeders' Cup, which has been run annually since 1984, was created as a year-end championship for North American thoroughbred racing, and it also attracts top horses from other parts of the world, especially Europe. The Breeders' Cup was founded in 1982 by John R. Gaines, a leading thoroughbred owner and breeder.

Here's a list of previous winners

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