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Bath Racecourse

Bath Racecourse is a horse-racing track in Bath, Somerset, United Kingdom. It opened in 1728, at Lansdown.

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

The first racing at Bath occurred in 1728, then the first major meet was held in 1811, under the auspices of a local family, the Blathwayts. The racecourse was utilized as a landing field by the Royal Air Force and named RAF North Stoke during World War II. It also became the site of a criminal plot surrounding the “Spa selling plate” in 1953. In 2017, the racecourse was granted the Racehorse Owners Association Gold Standard Award and received awards for customer service from the Racing Post and Racecourse Association.

The track is a thoroughbred horse racing venue on Lansdown Hill, two miles north of Bath’s city center. It is notable for being an official Britain’s highest flat racecourse. It is currently operated by the Arena Racing Company, which also owns and manages 16 British racecourses.

Track Details

The course is about 3 1⁄4 miles (5.2 km), is a left-handed oval track of 1 mile 4 furlongs and 25 yards, with a run-in of nearly half a mile. The home straight is 4 furlongs, with a steady rise and turn. It is the highest flat racecourse in the country and has no watering facility. It is also Britain’s highest flat racecourse at 780 feet (238 m) above sea level, although National Hunt courses Hexham and Exeter are higher.

The facility offers a grandstand enclosure, a Roof Garden located on the top floor of the Langridge Stand that offers a bar and casual dining experience, a center course picnic enclosure that is open on selected fixtures only, and even a music live nights.

The Royal Crescent Restaurant in the racecourse provides a balcony overlooking the course and a three-course meal. While the Mornington Suite offers dining packages with a private balcony above the finishing line. Various international cuisine is also available at their Paddock Pavilion restaurant that overviews the parade ring.

History

The Pleasanton Fairgrounds Racetrack is located at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, California, race track for Thoroughbred, Quarter horse, and Arabian racing. In 1858, the sons of Spaniard Don Agustín Bernal built this third-oldest horse racing track in the United States, even older than New York’s popular Saratoga racetrack. In the past, local Spaniards and rich owners in the Eastern United States often chose Pleasanton as a training ground for their horses.

Then in 1876, the track became known as the Pleasanton Trotting Park, and the same year, Joseph Nevis purchased and managed the racetrack and constructed the first grandstand. In 1939, pari-mutuel wagering commenced at Pleasanton. Then in 1940, the track was purchased by Alameda County. In 1941, during its nine-day meet, the track achieved a national record for the average daily handle.

Although the Pleasanton was closed for three consecutive years during World War II, the rack achieved remarkable improvement after the war. In 1963, the old wooden grandstand was remodeled into a modern concrete and steel structured grandstand. In 1975, a nine-hole golf course supplanted the venue’s inner racecourse, while in 1991, a facility for simulcast horse race betting was opened.

Track Details

The main track is a one-mile oval consisting of sands and soils with one chute at 2 furlongs and the other at 6 furlongs, while the homestretch measures 1,085-feet long and 60-feet wide. The grandstand can accommodate about 6,700 spectators. The barn has 700 horse stalls on the site, while the parking space can fit 600 cars. The Pleasanton’s satellite wagering facility also features early California mission-style architecture.

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

  • Lansdown, Bath BA1 9BU, United Kingdom

  • Phone: +44 1225 424609

  • https://www.bath-racecourse.co.uk/

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