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Cheltenham Racecourse

Cheltenham Racecourse is a horse-racing track in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. It opened in 1815, at Nottingham Hill.

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 the heart of almost every aspect of Jump racing. The course type is a National Hunt situated at Evesham Road, Cheltenham, a scenic location in a natural amphitheater, just below the escarpment of the Cotswold Hills at Cleeve Hill, owned by Jockey Club Racecourses. The first Flat race meeting in Cheltenham was held in 1815 in Nottingham Hill, while the first race on Cleeve Hill was on August 1818.

A sudden disturbance occurred because of what the Cheltenham’s Parish Priest, Reverend Francis Close, did in 1829. He preached about the evils of horseracing that piqued his congregation’s pessimistic perception, resulting in chaos during the race meeting in 1830. Worse was, before the following year’s meeting, the grandstand was burnt to ashes. Hence, to counter this violent reaction, the racecourse changed its location to Prestbury Park, its current venue, in 1831. Then in 1964, Racecourse Holdings Trust (now Jockey Club Racecourses) was established to assure the future of Cheltenham.

Track Details

The main racecourse has two separate courses alongside each other, the Old Course and the New Course. The New Course has a tricky downhill fence and a longer run-in for steeplechases than the Old Course. Hurdle races over two miles on the New Course also have a slight peculiarity in that most of the hurdles are jumped early on in the race, with only two hurdles being jumped in the last seven furlongs. On the other hand, the Old Course is the racecourse used for The Showcase, The November Meeting, and the first two days of the Cheltenham Festival. A cross-country course is laid out inside the main racecourse and is used for cross-country steeplechases.

It is the home of The Centaur, one of the largest auditoria in the South West of England. This multiple-use complex has over 2,000 seating capacity for conferences and around 4,000 standing for concerts. In addition to that, it is also home to the Steeplechasing Hall of Fame. From 1999 to 2013, the racecourse was the venue for the annual Greenbelt festival and remained the venue for the Wychwood Music Festival. In which the University of Gloucestershire held its graduation ceremony and summer ball at the racecourse. Moreover, it also owns a steam railway station.

History

It is the heart of almost every aspect of Jump racing. The course type is a National Hunt situated at Evesham Road, Cheltenham, a scenic location in a natural amphitheater, just below the escarpment of the Cotswold Hills at Cleeve Hill, owned by Jockey Club Racecourses. The first Flat race meeting in Cheltenham was held in 1815 in Nottingham Hill, while the first race on Cleeve Hill was on August 1818.

A sudden disturbance occurred because of what the Cheltenham’s Parish Priest, Reverend Francis Close, did in 1829. He preached about the evils of horseracing that piqued his congregation’s pessimistic perception, resulting in chaos during the race meeting in 1830. Worse was, before the following year’s meeting, the grandstand was burnt to ashes. Hence, to counter this violent reaction, the racecourse changed its location to Prestbury Park, its current venue, in 1831. Then in 1964, Racecourse Holdings Trust (now Jockey Club Racecourses) was established to assure the future of Cheltenham.

Track Details

The main racecourse has two separate courses alongside each other, the Old Course and the New Course. The New Course has a tricky downhill fence and a longer run-in for steeplechases than the Old Course. Hurdle races over two miles on the New Course also have a slight peculiarity in that most of the hurdles are jumped early on in the race, with only two hurdles being jumped in the last seven furlongs. On the other hand, the Old Course is the racecourse used for The Showcase, The November Meeting, and the first two days of the Cheltenham Festival. A cross-country course is laid out inside the main racecourse and is used for cross-country steeplechases.

It is the home of The Centaur, one of the largest auditoria in the South West of England. This multiple-use complex has over 2,000 seating capacity for conferences and around 4,000 standing for concerts. In addition to that, it is also home to the Steeplechasing Hall of Fame. From 1999 to 2013, the racecourse was the venue for the annual Greenbelt festival and remained the venue for the Wychwood Music Festival. In which the University of Gloucestershire held its graduation ceremony and summer ball at the racecourse. Moreover, it also owns a steam railway station.

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

  • Evesham Rd, Cheltenham GL50 4SH, United Kingdom

  • Phone: +44 1242 513014

  • https://www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/cheltenham/

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