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Fonner Park

Fonner Park is a horse-racing track in Grand Island, Nebraska, United States. It opened in 1954, at the Stolley Park 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

Originally, it was built as a permanent home for the county fairgrounds. Every time fair is not operating, and it was utilized for other activities and events.

In April 1953, the site was bought by the Hall County Livestock Improvement Association. Its name is originated after August L. “Gus” Fonner, its original landowner who donated the land. Before its inaugural season (April 29, 1954), its first livestock exhibition in September was The Old Reliable Hereford Show and Sale. On April 29, 1954, it opened for pari-mutuel racing in Grand Isle.

Originally, there were only ten horse barns (still standing on the site), and another five more were added in the 60s. Then in 1970, Big Red Barn was built, followed by a clubhouse, grandstand seating, an indoor quarter-mile training track, and other amenities. In March 1979, Fonner Park started to have Sunday races for the first time. In 1988, the track started simulcasts to Lincoln and Omaha.

On March 16, 2020, live racing at Fonner Park was suspended due to health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it is one of the few tracks that continued to operate behind closed doors. They resumed their operation on March 23 with races moving from weekends to a Monday–Wednesday schedule, with only essential personnel present at the track and additional safety protocols. On April 22, the Nebraska Racing Commission approved the addition of 12 additional days of racing in May, extending Fonner Park’s season through May 27, 2020.

Track Details

It is a thoroughbred horse racing facility located in Grand Island, Nebraska, near Eihusen Arena and the grounds of the Nebraska State Fair. The Course type is Dirt. The main track is five eights mile oval, with a length of stretch 700 ft. The chute is six and 1/2 furlongs, one mile and 1/4.

There are also free general admission and box seats. However, their Clubhouse, Skyline, and Turf Club seating have additional charges. The seating capacity for horse racing is 5,800, and the stables can house 1,600 horses. The parking lot can capacitate 5,000 cars. The racing season starts from Mid-February through early May, and the signature race is Bosselman/Gus Fonner Stakes.

History

Originally, it was built as a permanent home for the county fairgrounds. Every time fair is not operating, and it was utilized for other activities and events.

In April 1953, the site was bought by the Hall County Livestock Improvement Association. Its name is originated after August L. “Gus” Fonner, its original landowner who donated the land. Before its inaugural season (April 29, 1954), its first livestock exhibition in September was The Old Reliable Hereford Show and Sale. On April 29, 1954, it opened for pari-mutuel racing in Grand Isle.

Originally, there were only ten horse barns (still standing on the site), and another five more were added in the 60s. Then in 1970, Big Red Barn was built, followed by a clubhouse, grandstand seating, an indoor quarter-mile training track, and other amenities. In March 1979, Fonner Park started to have Sunday races for the first time. In 1988, the track started simulcasts to Lincoln and Omaha.

On March 16, 2020, live racing at Fonner Park was suspended due to health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it is one of the few tracks that continued to operate behind closed doors. They resumed their operation on March 23 with races moving from weekends to a Monday–Wednesday schedule, with only essential personnel present at the track and additional safety protocols. On April 22, the Nebraska Racing Commission approved the addition of 12 additional days of racing in May, extending Fonner Park’s season through May 27, 2020.

Track Details

It is a thoroughbred horse racing facility located in Grand Island, Nebraska, near Eihusen Arena and the grounds of the Nebraska State Fair. The Course type is Dirt. The main track is five eights mile oval, with a length of stretch 700 ft. The chute is six and 1/2 furlongs, one mile and 1/4.

There are also free general admission and box seats. However, their Clubhouse, Skyline, and Turf Club seating have additional charges. The seating capacity for horse racing is 5,800, and the stables can house 1,600 horses. The parking lot can capacitate 5,000 cars. The racing season starts from Mid-February through early May, and the signature race is Bosselman/Gus Fonner Stakes.

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

  • 700 E Stolley Park Rd, Grand Island, NE 68801, United States

  • Phone: +1 308-382-4515

  • https://fonnerpark.com/

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Fonner Park

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