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If you want to go home with a big prize, why bet your hard earned dollars when they are ways to win without spending a dime?
It’s a well known fact that horse racing is a sport of elegance and sophistication. It is also an industry which attracts luxurious sponsors like Longines and Jaguar. These big brands are eager to give away impressive prizes at horse racing events….. to the best dressed people on the track.
From France’s Longchamps, to our own Breeder’s Cup, savvy race-goers should be dressed to impressed and ready to cash-in on their finest attires.
Here is our very own list of the most exclusive places to win big without betting a cent including outrageous prizes for fashionistas from across the globe.
In the world of racing, a well tailored suit, a striking dress or a stand-out hat, can go a very long way.
The Breeder’s Cup Longine Prize of Elegance
Beginning on home turf, the Breeder’s Cup is one of the most popular horse racing events in the US whilst Longines is one of the biggest global sponsors of horse racing events, so this fashion contest is a match made in heaven.
Last year, the best dressed man and woman on track were awarded a Longines timepieces.
Whether you are a satisfied Swatch owner, or whether you’ve always dreamed of a luxury watch, these particular timepieces cost between $2,000-$7000 depending on the design. There is no arguing with the net value of this prize, if you’d rather spend your earnings on a spa weekend, place your winnings on e-bay and reap the rewards.
Also, did we mention that the male winner was awarded his luxury watch by Simon Baker?
Arlington Million Best Dressed
Unfortunately, sharp suits will be overlooked at this particular event, as the Arlington Million Best Dressed contest is only in favour of stylish ladies on the track. You may find that this is the case at some of the more “low key” events as prizes (or ladies’ days) are often set up to increase female viewership.
On this occasion, the trendy women of Chicago were given to opportunities to win big on the long-standing hat contest and the newly established fashion prize.
For the 2014 competition, the best dressed ladies were scouted on arrival and given an invitation to attend an audition later on the day. Sadly, there were no prizes for late-comers on this occasion: the fashionably late were cut out of the style contest altogether.
Although the winning prize was relatively small, in this case, the 20 front runners were invited to a champagne toast by Valor Ladies and every single contestant was given a gift bag.
The leading lady was given a host of prizes from sponsors as well as a $150 dollar gift certificate to The Arboretum of South Barrington. We like this contest for its high odds, giving many women a chance to go home with a smaller prize.
The Kentucky Derby – Best Derby Hat
For this major event, both men and women are asked in come in their very best head wear the impress the judges and take away big prizes.
Horse racing is almost more renown for its ostentatious hat culture than for the horses themselves, so this is a great chance to cash in on that tradition.
You’ll be happy to know this contest is unisex, although men and women are judged in separate categories.
The wonderful news about the Kentucky Derby is that a good hat won’t just win you money at the official race, local businesses and hotels also offer prizes for outrageous head wear.
For instance, this year the Potawatoni Hotel and Casino held its very own best hat contest. Their members were encouraged to enter their hat for a first prize of $300, a 2nd prize of $200 or a third prize of $100 in cash. However, take note, this particular casino awarded original hats, so ambitious punters should get hat-making fast.
It’s worth the investment.
The Kentucky Oaks Fashion Contest
The corresponding Filly race is known for its pink carpet which was chosen in support of breast cancer. For the women who were pretty in pink there was another chance to pick up a pricey Longines watch.
Preakness Stakes Fashion Forecast
If you’ve missed out on the chance to win big at Kentucky Derby, don’t worry Longines sponsors just about every horse racing event in the world, so yet another $5000 dollar watch will be up for grabs at this US triple crown event.
You know the drill, you will have the opportunity to win a hugely expensive watch.
Black-EyedSusan day also offered prizes from local designer’s to fashionable women at the races.
Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe- France
The French don’t half do things. The Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe is an international events which many horse racing fans fly across the globe to see. If you are lucky enough to make it to the event, you could win some incredible prizes to make it worth your while.
This year, the sponsors offered generous gifts for the best dressed duo. Contestants were judged for both elegance and coordination.
Happily, the committee didn’t just vote for couples, the second place was actually won by a father and his daughter.
It is no surprise that even across the pond, Longines is still a prominent sponsor but Citroen also had some exciting prizes to offer.
The first prize was a whooping 2 Citroen DS3 retailing at around $64,000 dollars in total. At that price, it’s a real jackpot and a low risk one at that. The couple who took away his and her cars this year wore outfits inspired by the US prohibition in the 30’s, take heed.
The second prize is a trip to Qatar for 2 and the third was the very traditional pair of Longines watches.
The Melbourne Cup- Fashion on the Field
The Australian contest is another front-runner for fashion prizes. With Emirates as its sponsor winners are likely to go home with expensive flights booked.
The other great thing about this contest is that there are many awarded categories making your odds of winning much higher. Categories include:
- Family Racewear
- Junior Girl’s Racewear
- Junior Boy’s Racewear
- Senior Boy’s Racewear
- Senior Girl’s Racewear
Fellow sponsor Myer, also offered prizes from the best dressed men and women on each day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
There are way too many prizes at this event to list them all but highlights included:
- a $6000 Meyer shopping spree
- a Lexus IS 300h Sports worth around $48,000.
- Emirates flights were also on the cards.
Dubai World Cup- Jaguar Style Stakes
With a purse of over $27 million and sponsors like Jaguar it is no surprise that the Dubai World Cup offers some very impressive jackpots for elegant race-goers. Punters who attend this event could be set up to win huge.
Categories are the following:
- Most Creative Hat
- Best Hat
- Best Dressed Man
- Best Dressed Couple
- Longines Most Elegant Lady
- Best Dressed Lady Runner Up
- Best Dressed Lady
Last year the best dressed woman both drove home with a Jaguar F-type Convertible worth around $92,000.
The male winner of the competition also learnt that simple a top hat and a retro suit can win you very big bucks at the races. His Jaguar prize is pictured below.
Other prominent sponsors include HTC as well as 5 star resorts.
The sheer caliber of the prizes makes Dubai the very best place to win big without betting.
L’Ormarin’s Queen Plate- Cape Town
This exclusive South African event has a distinctive blue and white dress code.
Without these two shades your chances of winning are nil and only the real pro’s will know how to play this color scheme to their advantage.
The competition offer prizes for Best Hat and the Best dressed woman but prizes include provisions for a partner.
This year, the winning duo and their partner were given flights to the UK to attend the Glorious Goodwood races.
Incidentally, this race gives the best dressed flights to Cape Town along with 5 nights in a 5 star hotel and many other perks.
You could make it your life ambition to orbit between the two races, reaping the rewards.
If you want some expert tips on putting together your winning outfit visit Marie Claire for inspiration.
For advice on how to cash-in the honest way, check our article on how to bet on horses