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Ellerslie Racecourse

Ellerslie Racecourse is a horse-racing track in Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand. It opened in 1874 at Ascot Avenue.

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 main racecourse in Auckland, New Zealand, for thoroughbred racehorses, located at 80 Ascot Ave Remuera Auckland 1050 NZ, about a 10-minute drive from the CBD and about 20-minute drive from Auckland Airport. Horse racing at Ellerslie began in 1857 when Robert Graham hosted a race meeting on his property on the now Ellerslie Racecourse site. Then the Auckland Racing club purchased thirty-six hectares of land from Graham in 1872, on which the course is located. On January 1874, a “platform” station, Ellerslie Racecourse Platform, was opened. Then the first race meeting happened on May 25, 1874.

It is the first track with the first automatic totalisator, designed by George Julius and installed in 1913. Then Queen Elizabeth II also visited the racecourse during the royal visit to New Zealand in 1953/54.

During World War Two, the Stands were utilized as Hospital Wards for the American Forces serving in the Pacific. The head doctor was Dr. McGregor-Grant, who the steeplechase is named after. Then in the 20th century, Ellerslie Racecourse provided plants for Kingseat Hospital. It is also home to New Zealand’s major racing carnivals, the Summer Carnival and Auckland Cup Week.

Track Details

Steeplechasing at Ellerslie utilizes the well-known “hill.” The jumping track leaves the course proper before the 1000 meter mark at the end of the back straight and rises approximately 16 meters to the top of the hill, where two steeplechase fences are 100 meters apart. Another at the foot of the hill where the steeplechase track rejoins the course proper after the 600-meter mark, measuring approximately 750 meters. It is not used for flat racing. The major steeplechase at Ellerslie, the Great Northern Steeplechase, requires the horses to climb this hill three times in the 6400m event.

The Ellerslie Event Centre is available for hire all year round on non-race days, with 26 different rooms and full catering, service, and AV requirements. It also has a Newmarket Room (Ground Floor) and Pakuranga Hunt Lounge (2nd Floor), offering café style dining options and easy access to the main public seating and lawn areas. The Chairman’s Club (2nd Floor) provides a restaurant atmosphere with buffet-style dining and spectacular track views. The Chairman’s Club is available on all Premier Racedays and selected non-feature race days by pre-booking only.

History

The main racecourse in Auckland, New Zealand, for thoroughbred racehorses, located at 80 Ascot Ave Remuera Auckland 1050 NZ, about a 10-minute drive from the CBD and about 20-minute drive from Auckland Airport. Horse racing at Ellerslie began in 1857 when Robert Graham hosted a race meeting on his property on the now Ellerslie Racecourse site. Then the Auckland Racing club purchased thirty-six hectares of land from Graham in 1872, on which the course is located. On January 1874, a “platform” station, Ellerslie Racecourse Platform, was opened. Then the first race meeting happened on May 25, 1874.

It is the first track with the first automatic totalisator, designed by George Julius and installed in 1913. Then Queen Elizabeth II also visited the racecourse during the royal visit to New Zealand in 1953/54.

During World War Two, the Stands were utilized as Hospital Wards for the American Forces serving in the Pacific. The head doctor was Dr. McGregor-Grant, who the steeplechase is named after. Then in the 20th century, Ellerslie Racecourse provided plants for Kingseat Hospital. It is also home to New Zealand’s major racing carnivals, the Summer Carnival and Auckland Cup Week.

Track Details

Steeplechasing at Ellerslie utilizes the well-known “hill.” The jumping track leaves the course proper before the 1000 meter mark at the end of the back straight and rises approximately 16 meters to the top of the hill, where two steeplechase fences are 100 meters apart. Another at the foot of the hill where the steeplechase track rejoins the course proper after the 600-meter mark, measuring approximately 750 meters. It is not used for flat racing. The major steeplechase at Ellerslie, the Great Northern Steeplechase, requires the horses to climb this hill three times in the 6400m event.

The Ellerslie Event Centre is available for hire all year round on non-race days, with 26 different rooms and full catering, service, and AV requirements. It also has a Newmarket Room (Ground Floor) and Pakuranga Hunt Lounge (2nd Floor), offering café style dining options and easy access to the main public seating and lawn areas. The Chairman’s Club (2nd Floor) provides a restaurant atmosphere with buffet-style dining and spectacular track views. The Chairman’s Club is available on all Premier Racedays and selected non-feature race days by pre-booking only.

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

  • 100 Ascot Avenue, Remuera, Auckland 1051, New Zealand

  • Phone: +64 9-524 4069

  • https://www.ellerslie.co.nz/

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Ellerslie Racecourse

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