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Awapuni Racing Centre

Awapuni Racing Centre is a horse-racing track in Awapuni, Palmerston North, New Zealand. It opened in 1903 at 67 Racecourse Road.

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

It is a racecourse for thoroughbred horses (gallopers) in the Manawatu region, established when the Manawatu Racing Club bought 100 acres of land at Awapuni, costing four thousand pounds celebrated its first race day at the new course on December 26, 1903. It is situated at Palmerston North, 70 kilometers (40 miles) north of Wellington, and two minutes east of the roundabout and Otaki Railway on State Highway One, at the northern end of Otaki. In 1915, the Lawnmaster Awapuni Gold Cup was run for the first time.

Due to its ideal location in the central lower North Island and superb training facilities, this racecourse is the busiest training and racing venue in the lower half of the North Island, enticing horse trainers regularly. It utilizes up to 140 horses in training every day.

It is also the home of the Feilding, Manawatu, Marton, and Rangitikei Racing Clubs. Among these clubs, the Manawatu Racing Club is the “senior” partner of the track, staging 9 of the 18 race meetings held at the track.

Track Details

The track circumference measures 1800 meters and offers a long home straight of 400 meters. It also has a large function center featuring live music, field fashion, kids’ rides, food stalls, Kapa Haka, and Highland championship dancing. The admission to the racetrack costs $5.

History

It is a racecourse for thoroughbred horses (gallopers) in the Manawatu region, established when the Manawatu Racing Club bought 100 acres of land at Awapuni, costing four thousand pounds celebrated its first race day at the new course on December 26, 1903. It is situated at Palmerston North, 70 kilometers (40 miles) north of Wellington, and two minutes east of the roundabout and Otaki Railway on State Highway One, at the northern end of Otaki. In 1915, the Lawnmaster Awapuni Gold Cup was run for the first time.

Due to its ideal location in the central lower North Island and superb training facilities, this racecourse is the busiest training and racing venue in the lower half of the North Island, enticing horse trainers regularly. It utilizes up to 140 horses in training every day.

It is also the home of the Feilding, Manawatu, Marton, and Rangitikei Racing Clubs. Among these clubs, the Manawatu Racing Club is the “senior” partner of the track, staging 9 of the 18 race meetings held at the track.

Track Details

The track circumference measures 1800 meters and offers a long home straight of 400 meters. It also has a large function center featuring live music, field fashion, kids’ rides, food stalls, Kapa Haka, and Highland championship dancing. The admission to the racetrack costs $5.

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

  • 67 Racecourse Road, Awapuni, Palmerston North 4412, New Zealand

  • Phone: +64 6-356 4940

  • https://awapuniracing.co.nz/

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