Fort Erie Race Track

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Fort Erie Race Track

Fort Erie Race Track is a horse-racing track in Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada. It opened in 1897, at Catherine Street.

History of Fort Erie Race Track

1896 – It all started on November 21, 1896, when the Fort Erie Jockey Club began planning and constructing tracks for thoroughbred racing at the border oval, with President John Hood breaking ground.

1897 – Fort Erie Race Track opened on June 16, 1897, at 230 Catherine Street, Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada. Owned by Carl Paladino, Joe Mosey, and Joel Castle. The track’s proximity which is barely a mile as the crow flies, to the U.S. border, makes it referred to as “the border oval”.

1918 – When the Millar Law was passed in 1918, enforcing taxes every 14 days, it limited the length of race meets to two weeks.

1959 – The Prince of Wales Stakes occurred, Fort Erie’s most important annual event. It was first to run in 1929; however, it only reached prominence when E.P. Taylor made it to the second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown in 1959.

1961 – The birth of Puss n Boots Stakes. This stake is due to a horse named Puss n Boots, who couldn’t resist the track’s beautiful infield, filled with flowers and scenic lakes, and decided to take a detour and a refreshing dip while leading a race at the top of the stretch. The Puss n Boots Stakes was born in honor of his impromptu swim.

Track Details and Other Facilities

Track Details

  • 🐎Main Track
    • one mile, with sandy loam soil
    • The distance from the last turn to the finish is 1,060′, and the track width is 75′.
  • 🐎Turf Track (inside the Main Track)
    •  The turf course is seven furlongs inside the main course, while the distance from the last turn to the finish is 930′.

Other Facilities

  • 🐎Seats
    • The seating can accommodate up to 4,000 people.
  • 🐎Stables
    • The stables can capacitate 1,000 horses.
  • 🐎Infirmary
    • It is located at the First-floor grandstand beside the Horse Walk


  • 🐎Turfside Dining Room
    • It offers pizzas and desserts.
    • It is located at Grandstand, 3rd floor, Fort Erie.
    • Open every live race day, one hour before racing begins.
  • 🐎Track Pack
    • It sells hotdogs or hamburgers, beer or soft drinks, and a Fort Erie Racing program.
    • Track Packs are available for groups of 10 or more.

Race Schedule and Major Events & Races​

Fort Erie Race Schedule

  • 🐎Live Racing Schedule

Major Race

      • 🐴Prince of Wales Stakes

Stakes Races

      • 🐴Sprint into Summer Cup
      • 🐴Summer Solstice Cup
      • 🐴Longrun Thoroughbred Retirement Stakes
      • 🐴Longrun Thoroughbred After Care Stakes
      • 🐴Horsepeople’s Luminary Cup
      • 🐴Puss n Boots Cup
      • 🐴Le Cinquieme Essai Cup
      • 🐴Molson Cup
      • 🐴The Lake Erie Stakes

Location and Access to the Racecourse

  • In Niagara Region, located in Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada, Fort Erie Race Track is just across the Peace Bridge from Buffalo, New York, and a 15-minute drive from the heart of Niagara Falls, ON.
  • Fort Erie Race Track is immediately accessible from the Queen Elizabeth Highway. Located approximately 5 minutes from the Peace Bridge, take Concession Road North exit.
  • Only 15 minutes from Niagara Falls or 90 minutes from Toronto, Ontario, take Bertie exit.
  • Free parking and admission.
  • No age limit.


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Fort Erie Race Track

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