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Assiniboia Downs

Assiniboia Downs is a horse-racing track in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. It opened in 1958, at Portage Avenue.

Saratoga Race Course

Saratoga Race Course is a horse-racing track in Saratoga Springs, New York, United States. It opened on August 3, 1863, and is the oldest organized sporting venue of any kind in the United States. It is typically open for racing from late July through early September.

History

On June 10, 1958, the Assiniboia Downs replaced the former Polo Park Racetrack, which was demolished for Polo Park Shopping Centre. It is located in the Winnipeg suburb of St. James-Assiniboia, on the western edge of the city, near the intersection of the Perimeter Highway and Portage Avenue.

Track Details

It is a Canadian horse race track with a six-and-one-half furlong oval, 150 ha (360 acres) of land, and the Manitoba Jockey Club operates. Thoroughbred racing season events run from May and end in September. Harness racing events operate during the winter months.

It has a seating capacity of 5,000 spectators. The width of the track would be 80 ft (24 m) with a six-furlong and 1⅛-furlong chute. It also installed a state-of-the-art “tote” machine at the new racing venue, displaying real-time betting information. Nowadays, the Assiniboia Downs Racing Network is available on MTS TV ch. 179 and 180 and on the Internet via the HPIbet website.

History

On June 10, 1958, the Assiniboia Downs replaced the former Polo Park Racetrack, which was demolished for Polo Park Shopping Centre. It is located in the Winnipeg suburb of St. James-Assiniboia, on the western edge of the city, near the intersection of the Perimeter Highway and Portage Avenue.

Track Details

It is a Canadian horse race track with a six-and-one-half furlong oval, 150 ha (360 acres) of land, and the Manitoba Jockey Club operates. Thoroughbred racing season events run from May and end in September. Harness racing events operate during the winter months.

It has a seating capacity of 5,000 spectators. The width of the track would be 80 ft (24 m) with a six-furlong and 1⅛-furlong chute. It also installed a state-of-the-art “tote” machine at the new racing venue, displaying real-time betting information. Nowadays, the Assiniboia Downs Racing Network is available on MTS TV ch. 179 and 180 and on the Internet via the HPIbet website.

History

John Hunter, who became the first chairman of The Jockey Club, and William R. Travers built Saratoga Race Course. The original track was built across Union Avenue from the present Saratoga Race Course at the current location of the Oklahoma Track (training track), which opened the following year. Since 1864 the track has been the site of the Travers Stakes, the oldest major thoroughbred horse race in the United States, which is the main draw of the annual summer race meeting. The Saratoga meet originally consisted of only four days, but over time was lengthened, and for many years, the meet lasted for four weeks. In the 1990’s it was lengthened to five weeks. Today it is a six-week meeting ending on Labor Day. In 2009, NYRA extended the 2010 racing meet by 4 days. From 1943 to 1945, racing was not held at Saratoga Race Course due to travel restrictions during the war. During those years, the stakes races that would have been run at Saratoga Race Course were contested at Belmont Park instead.

Saratoga Race Course has two well-known nicknames — The Spa (for the nearby mineral springs), and the “Graveyard of Champions” (for the upsets that have occurred there). Man o’ War suffered his only defeat in 21 starts while racing at Saratoga Race Course; Secretariat was defeated at Saratoga Race Course by Onion after winning the Triple Crown; and Gallant Fox was beaten by 100-1 long shot Jim Dandy in the 1930 Travers Stakes. In 1999, Saratoga Race Course was rated as Sports Illustrated’s #10 sports venue of the 20th Century.

As is the case with the other two tracks operated by the New York Racing Association – Aqueduct and Belmont Park – there are three separate tracks in the main course at Saratoga Race Course.

Contact

  • 3975 Portage Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3K 2E9, Canada

  • Phone: +1 204-885-3330

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