In order to race in the prestigious Kentucky Derby and compete for the rare triple crown of horse racing, the owner of a horse first must bring it up through qualifying competitions in order to qualify for the top racing events and race tracks. The first level at which a horse will compete is the Maiden Races, which is the most basic level of horse racing and are run at tracks across the nation. Maiden races are the first opportunity a horse has to win and put money in the pockets of its owner or owners. There are various levels of Maiden Races, with the Maiden Special Weight Races being the top circuit for horses in the Maiden class. When a horse wins a Maiden Special Weight Race, it qualifies for the next level of racing. Those horses that don’t win a Special Weight Race still can compete in other Maiden Races and eventually qualify for the next level of horse racing.