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Delta Downs Racetrack, Casino, and Hotel

Delta Downs Racetrack, Casino, and Hotel is a horse-racing track in Vinton, Louisiana, United States. It opened in 1973, at Delta Downs Dr.

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

Originally, it was opened in 1973 under the direction of Lee Berwick as a facility for Quarter Horse racing, then went to hold Thoroughbred meets. In the 1990s, after it was bought by Shawn Scott, a developer, for $10 million, a law was passed enabling the production of slot machines at the racetrack. But shortly after, it was bought again for over $120 million by Boyd gaming. It was renovated right after and then again in 2005 after Hurricane Rita destroyed the gulf coast. Since then, Delta Downs has produced several stakes-quality Thoroughbreds.

Some notable racing events in the race track are the: G3 Delta Downs Jackpot – 2-year-olds going 1-1/16 mi.; G3 Delta Downs Princess – 2-year-old fillies going one mile; Louisiana Premier Night – 10 stakes for LA-breds including the Championship and Distaff; and Delta Mile – 3-year-olds & up going one mile.

Track Details

It is located in Vinton, Louisiana, with a course-type Flat. The dimension of the main racetrack is 6 furlongs oval with two chutes (550-yard (QH), 1 1/16-mile (TB) chute, and a 5-furlong chute). The surface is a combination of sand and clay with a limestone base with its length of stretch is 660 feet, width of 80 feet, and width of backstretch and turns is 70 feet. This backstretch can fit 1300 horses and 20 barns with 60 stalls.

Other Amenities are hotels and casinos with over 1,600 slot machines. There are also great dining choices, from fine dining at The Lookout to grabbing a quick bite at the Food Court. Visitors can also enter the Gator Lounge or the Delta Event Center for some of the best local and regional entertainment.

History

The race track was originally a part of the slough into which three creeks drain, the Schoolhouse Creek, Codornices Creek, and Marin Creek. It was also used as a transshipment point for sending cattle across the bay to San Francisco for slaughter and processing. Then, later on, purchased by a Giant Powder Company and recorded that the plant blew up twice between the years 1879 and 1892.

Just before World War II, the Golden Gate Fields opened in 1941. Shortly right after the opening, Golden Gate Fields created the Golden Gate Handicap. In 1950, Noor and Citation met in that event and were considered the most exciting horse racing rivalries in the sport’s history for some fans. In the summer of 2007, a synthetic track was installed and called Tapeta. The owners changed through time, and the current owner, The Stronach Group, purchased the Golden Gate Fields on July 3, 2011, to salvage from its bankruptcy.

Today, it is an American horse racing track straddling both Albany, California, and Berkeley, California, along the shoreline of San Francisco Bay adjacent to the Eastshore Freeway in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Track Details

The track is set on 140 acres (0.57 km2) of land, which includes a one-mile (1,609 m) synthetic track and a turf course measuring 9/10 of a mile, or 7 furlongs plus 132 feet (1,448 m), and stalls for 1,420 horses. The main grandstand can accommodate approximately 8,000 customers, while the clubhouse has seating that can accommodate approximately 5,200 customers, a Turf Club with seating for approximately 1,500 customers, and parking for over 8,500 cars.

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

  • 2717 Delta Downs Dr, Vinton, LA 70668, United States

  • Phone: +1 800-589-7441

  • http://www.deltadowns.com/

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