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Horse racing fans have it marked on their calendars. The 140th running of the Kentucky Derby is this Saturday. The purse for the race this year is two-million dollars. That's nowhere near the largest purse for a horse-racing event.
What is largest purse for a horse-racing event?
1. $14.5 million
2. $19 million
3. $29.25 million
The answer is: 3. $29.25 million
According to its website, the Dubai World Cup is the world's richest day of racing. At the end of March it had nine races with $29.25 million at stake. The Dubai World Cup had just one race with a $10 million purse. Here in the United States, the U.S Breeders' Cup, in November, has nine races with a total of $14.5 million in purse money. The Kentucky Derby has a $2-million purse this Saturday. It doesn't match others in total purse money, but it's only one race, with a prestige that's unrivaled.