Horse Racing Singapore – Difference Between A Derby And A Race?

Difference between a Derby and a Race?

Difference between a Derby and a Race? … We just started wondering what's the difference between a Derby and a Race? I looked up the dictionary definition but still couldn't figure it out.

Traditionally, the term "derby" is used strictly to refer to races restricted to three-year-olds, as the English and U.S. Triple Crown races all are. The most notable exceptions to this rule are the Hong Kong Derby and Singapore Derby, restricted to four-year-old Thoroughbreds, and the Canadian Pacing Derby, an annual harness race for "aged pacers" (Standardbreds) four years old and up.

In Scandinavian harness racing Derby is restricted to four-year-olds. Exception is the Finnhorse Derby, which is restricted to five-year-olds.


None, a Derby is a type of race most known for the 'Derby' run at Epsom Downs (Surrey, England) on the first Saturday of June every year. The Derby was named after the 12th Earl of Derby and first run in 1780. Other countries have since adopted their own version; most noticeably the Irish Derby and Kentucky Derby.

There is none.

Derby is a name attached to some races.
The Kentucky Derby is a race, no different than the Belmont Stakes or a Maiden Special Weights, or any other of dozens of names.

In the vernacular, a "derby" is any race restricted to 3 year old male horses. An "oaks" is a race restricted to 3 year old fillies. It is important to note that a 3 year old filly can run in a derby; however, a 3 year old male horse can never run in an oaks!


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