This Saturday evening, the Pepsi North America Cup goes postward at around 10:45. The event has grown in stature year after year and it’s on everyone’s list as the first big three year old event in harness racing. Almost everyone considers it the true first leg of the Pacing Triple Crown. It’s a storied race.
Events in racing, whether it’s a Kentucky Derby or this week’s Royal Ascot meet, tend to grow and deliver on their promise because they are exactly what the sport is. In America, Thoroughbred racing is defined by Kentucky, dirt racing, and the Derby. At Ascot, UK racing is almost the polar opposite. An infield with beer drinking patrons at Ascot, or tophats in the infield at Churchill doesn’t fit, and it’s what makes them unique events.