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Freehold Raceway

Freehold Raceway is a horse-racing track in Freehold Borough, New Jersey, United States. It opened in 1853, at Park Ave.

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

There was already a recorded race in the Township of Freehold in New Jersey as early as the 1830s. However, the actual formation of the Monmouth County Agriculture Society to hold an annual fair with harness racing was in 1853. In 1888, the Monmouth County Agriculture Society passed out of existence due to financial problems. The track was idle until 1896, when the Freehold Driving Club was formed. However, the club was disbanded in 1909, and the Freehold Driving Association was organized and incorporated. In 1921, interest in trotting met decreased, and Joseph Donahay purchased the track.

In 1936, Harry Gould purchased the track and, along with his wife and son, began repairing and improving the track, which reopened as the new Freehold Trotting Association on September 15, 1936. However, in 1941, Harry Gould said he was too much of a sportsman and did not wish to own the track if there was to be gambling and sold his shares. Freehold soon became the first pari-mutuel track in New Jersey with a 13-day meeting featuring betting machines and an infield tote board that cost a total of $35,000.

The track then sold again to Fred Fatzler, a Newark, NJ contractor from Maplewood, NJ, for $65,000. He ran the track until 1943, when racing was halted during World War II and resumed on July 22, 1944. In 1960, Fred Fatzler sold the Freehold Raceway to Harold and Bernard Sampson of Milwaukee. It was purchased again in 1965 by the Gibraltar Pari-Mutuel of Canada.

In 1967, the racetrack was reconstructed to allow eight horses to start behind the starting gate instead of just six horses with two trailers as Freehold enters the modern racing age. On May 4, 1984, the grandstand and dining room were destroyed by an early evening fire caused by an electrical short in an odds board. Racing resumed under tents, featuring 19 nights of simulcast harness races from the Meadowlands on July 29, 1984. Racing concludes on September 30. In the same year (December 31, 1984), the Wilmot Family of Rochester, NY, bought the track and its attached acreage from Gibraltar Pari-Mutuel of Canada. The new owner held a gala affair to mark the opening of the new Freehold Raceway facility on October 22, 1986.

On September 25, 1990 – Kenneth Fischer purchased the track again from Wilmorite, Inc. and became the first harness horse owner to own the track in 30 years. On January 29, 1999, it was sold again to Pennwood Racing. Pennwood is a partnership between Penn Gaming and Greenwood Racing. This racetrack is renowned today as “Nation’s oldest and fastest daytime ½-mile harness racing track”.

For trotters and pacers, the racetrack features live Standardbred harness racing. It is also open seven days a week and seven nights for year-round thoroughbred and harness racing simulcasts from tracks throughout North America.

History

There was already a recorded race in the Township of Freehold in New Jersey as early as the 1830s. However, the actual formation of the Monmouth County Agriculture Society to hold an annual fair with harness racing was in 1853. In 1888, the Monmouth County Agriculture Society passed out of existence due to financial problems. The track was idle until 1896, when the Freehold Driving Club was formed. However, the club was disbanded in 1909, and the Freehold Driving Association was organized and incorporated. In 1921, interest in trotting met decreased, and Joseph Donahay purchased the track.

In 1936, Harry Gould purchased the track and, along with his wife and son, began repairing and improving the track, which reopened as the new Freehold Trotting Association on September 15, 1936. However, in 1941, Harry Gould said he was too much of a sportsman and did not wish to own the track if there was to be gambling and sold his shares. Freehold soon became the first pari-mutuel track in New Jersey with a 13-day meeting featuring betting machines and an infield tote board that cost a total of $35,000.

The track then sold again to Fred Fatzler, a Newark, NJ contractor from Maplewood, NJ, for $65,000. He ran the track until 1943, when racing was halted during World War II and resumed on July 22, 1944. In 1960, Fred Fatzler sold the Freehold Raceway to Harold and Bernard Sampson of Milwaukee. It was purchased again in 1965 by the Gibraltar Pari-Mutuel of Canada.

In 1967, the racetrack was reconstructed to allow eight horses to start behind the starting gate instead of just six horses with two trailers as Freehold enters the modern racing age. On May 4, 1984, the grandstand and dining room were destroyed by an early evening fire caused by an electrical short in an odds board. Racing resumed under tents, featuring 19 nights of simulcast harness races from the Meadowlands on July 29, 1984. Racing concludes on September 30. In the same year (December 31, 1984), the Wilmot Family of Rochester, NY, bought the track and its attached acreage from Gibraltar Pari-Mutuel of Canada. The new owner held a gala affair to mark the opening of the new Freehold Raceway facility on October 22, 1986.

On September 25, 1990 – Kenneth Fischer purchased the track again from Wilmorite, Inc. and became the first harness horse owner to own the track in 30 years. On January 29, 1999, it was sold again to Pennwood Racing. Pennwood is a partnership between Penn Gaming and Greenwood Racing. This racetrack is renowned today as “Nation’s oldest and fastest daytime ½-mile harness racing track”.

For trotters and pacers, the racetrack features live Standardbred harness racing. It is also open seven days a week and seven nights for year-round thoroughbred and harness racing simulcasts from tracks throughout North America.

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

  • 130 Park Ave, Freehold, NJ 07728, United States

  • Phone: +1 732-462-3800

  • http://www.freeholdraceway.com/

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