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Ayr Racecourse

Ayr Racecourse is a horse-racing track in Ayr, Scotland, United Kingdom. It opened in 1907, at Whitletts Rd.

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 was founded in 1907 as a replacement for another nearby course at Racecourse Road, located in Craigie, to the north of the River Ayr, a half-mile (1 km) east of the town center.

The site covers 62.7-ha (155-acre) that features both flat racing and National Hunt (over jumps), with up to 30 meetings a year. It is also home to the Scottish Grand National and Ayr Gold Cup, the richest sprint handicap in Europe. As a result, it is acknowledged as the most known track in Scotland and voted as the best racecourse in Scotland and the North East 19 times by the Racegoers Club, including the previous nine in a row.

In 1950, a jumps track was established, and the Scottish Grand National was transferred to the track after Bogside Racecourse was closed down in 1966. It is now regarded as the premier racecourse in Scotland. In the late 1990s, the course badly needed investment and a new owner to redevelop the track. By the end of 2002, a bidding process was set up, and more than 41 offers were received for the racecourse. In May 2003, the successful bid went to Ayrshire businessmen Richard Johnstone and Alan Macdonald.

A Public Inquiry took place in November and December 2005, and in May 2006, the Scottish Executive granted outline planning permission for the Masterplan. Upwards of £20 million has already been spent on a whole host of improvements. The Princess Royal Exhibition, Banqueting and Conference Centre over four floors boasts excellent facilities, including the £4.5 million Ayrshire Suite, opened in April 2008.

Track Details

The track is a left-handed oval of 12 furlongs, including a half-mile run-in. A six-furlong chute joins the round track after just over a furlong. The course is generally flat, with gentle undulations, particularly in the straight. The turn approaching the straight is slightly downhill, and those prominent can gain an advantage once in line for home.

Hurdle races are run over distances of 2 miles 1 furlong; 2 miles 4 furlongs; 2 miles 6 furlongs; 3 miles 110 yards; 3 miles 2 furlongs 110 yards; and 3 miles 3 furlongs 110 yards. While chases are run over 2 miles, 2 miles 4 furlongs, 2 miles 5 furlongs 110 yards, 3 miles 1 furlong, 3 miles 2 furlongs 110 yards, 3 miles 3 furlongs 110 yards, 3 miles 5 furlongs, and 4 miles 110 yards (Scottish National).

The track also offers a restaurant, a corporate/conference that can accommodate 100 attendees, features wedding packages as their best service, and facilities or viewing platforms for disabled patrons.

History

It was founded in 1907 as a replacement for another nearby course at Racecourse Road, located in Craigie, to the north of the River Ayr, a half-mile (1 km) east of the town center.

The site covers 62.7-ha (155-acre) that features both flat racing and National Hunt (over jumps), with up to 30 meetings a year. It is also home to the Scottish Grand National and Ayr Gold Cup, the richest sprint handicap in Europe. As a result, it is acknowledged as the most known track in Scotland and voted as the best racecourse in Scotland and the North East 19 times by the Racegoers Club, including the previous nine in a row.

In 1950, a jumps track was established, and the Scottish Grand National was transferred to the track after Bogside Racecourse was closed down in 1966. It is now regarded as the premier racecourse in Scotland. In the late 1990s, the course badly needed investment and a new owner to redevelop the track. By the end of 2002, a bidding process was set up, and more than 41 offers were received for the racecourse. In May 2003, the successful bid went to Ayrshire businessmen Richard Johnstone and Alan Macdonald.

A Public Inquiry took place in November and December 2005, and in May 2006, the Scottish Executive granted outline planning permission for the Masterplan. Upwards of £20 million has already been spent on a whole host of improvements. The Princess Royal Exhibition, Banqueting and Conference Centre over four floors boasts excellent facilities, including the £4.5 million Ayrshire Suite, opened in April 2008

Track Details

The track is a left-handed oval of 12 furlongs, including a half-mile run-in. A six-furlong chute joins the round track after just over a furlong. The course is generally flat, with gentle undulations, particularly in the straight. The turn approaching the straight is slightly downhill, and those prominent can gain an advantage once in line for home.

Hurdle races are run over distances of 2 miles 1 furlong; 2 miles 4 furlongs; 2 miles 6 furlongs; 3 miles 110 yards; 3 miles 2 furlongs 110 yards; and 3 miles 3 furlongs 110 yards. While chases are run over 2 miles, 2 miles 4 furlongs, 2 miles 5 furlongs 110 yards, 3 miles 1 furlong, 3 miles 2 furlongs 110 yards, 3 miles 3 furlongs 110 yards, 3 miles 5 furlongs, and 4 miles 110 yards (Scottish National).

The track also offers a restaurant, a corporate/conference that can accommodate 100 attendees, features wedding packages as their best service, and facilities or viewing platforms for disabled patrons.

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

  • Whitletts Rd, Ayr KA8 0JE, United Kingdom

  • Phone: +44 1292 264179

  • https://www.ayr-racecourse.co.uk/

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Ayr Racecourse

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