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Gowran Racecourse

Gowran Racecourse is a horse-racing track in Gowran Demesne, Kilkenny, Ireland. It opened in 1914, at Mill 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

Established on June 16, 1914, situated at Mill Rd, Gowran Demesne, Kilkenny, Ireland, 13km east of Kilkenny, 130km south of Dublin, and 48km north of Waterford, and Situated close to many famed training and breeding establishments in the heart of County Kilkenny.

The present race company was formed in 1948, and its first Managing Director was Jack Duggan of the famous Monster House men’s clothing store in Kilkenny. In 2006, it staged its first-ever Group 3 flat race. In the same year, Gowran Park was also reclassified as a Grade 1 course for National Hunt Meetings for prize money purposes.

It is a dual-purpose track that holds racing over the entire year. It is also acknowledged as one of the most beautifully maintained and picturesque courses in the country, serviced by trains to Kilkenny from Waterford and Dublin stations. There is also a free shuttle bus from Kilkenny to the track itself. One of the main features of the track is the highly regarded 18-hole golf course in the middle of the course that is available to play on if any day racing is not taking place. Moreover, it is also popular for hosting the historic Thyestes Chase in January of each year.

Track Details

The track for National Hunt is an oval right-handed track with a circuit of around a mile and a half. Although there are some undulations, the track is essentially galloping in character, and on soft ground can provide a thorough test of stamina. There are seven fences to a circuit of the chase course, which is outside the hurdles track, with three situated in the three-furlong uphill home straight. The run-in is around a furlong. On the other hand, the Flat track is also a right-handed oval of around a mile and a half. While there are some undulations, it is essentially a galloping track, and the final climb in the three-furlong straight is quite testing. Any advantage low-numbered stalls have is small, if not negligible.

The track also offers a D.C. Lounge, a private building located adjacent to the main building and close to the bookmaker’s ring and parade ring, with a capacity of 200 people. There is also an on-site bar and private Tote facilities. There is also a panoramic rooftop restaurant, and a Gowran Park’s bar area with three types of packages, the Platinum Package (€55 per person), Gold Package (€29 per person), and Silver Hen & Stag Package (€19 per person).

History

Established on June 16, 1914, situated at Mill Rd, Gowran Demesne, Kilkenny, Ireland, 13km east of Kilkenny, 130km south of Dublin, and 48km north of Waterford, and Situated close to many famed training and breeding establishments in the heart of County Kilkenny.

The present race company was formed in 1948, and its first Managing Director was Jack Duggan of the famous Monster House men’s clothing store in Kilkenny. In 2006, it staged its first-ever Group 3 flat race. In the same year, Gowran Park was also reclassified as a Grade 1 course for National Hunt Meetings for prize money purposes.

It is a dual-purpose track that holds racing over the entire year. It is also acknowledged as one of the most beautifully maintained and picturesque courses in the country, serviced by trains to Kilkenny from Waterford and Dublin stations. There is also a free shuttle bus from Kilkenny to the track itself. One of the main features of the track is the highly regarded 18-hole golf course in the middle of the course that is available to play on if any day racing is not taking place. Moreover, it is also popular for hosting the historic Thyestes Chase in January of each year.

Track Details

The track for National Hunt is an oval right-handed track with a circuit of around a mile and a half. Although there are some undulations, the track is essentially galloping in character, and on soft ground can provide a thorough test of stamina. There are seven fences to a circuit of the chase course, which is outside the hurdles track, with three situated in the three-furlong uphill home straight. The run-in is around a furlong. On the other hand, the Flat track is also a right-handed oval of around a mile and a half. While there are some undulations, it is essentially a galloping track, and the final climb in the three-furlong straight is quite testing. Any advantage low-numbered stalls have is small, if not negligible.

The track also offers a D.C. Lounge, a private building located adjacent to the main building and close to the bookmaker’s ring and parade ring, with a capacity of 200 people. There is also an on-site bar and private Tote facilities. There is also a panoramic rooftop restaurant, and a Gowran Park’s bar area with three types of packages, the Platinum Package (€55 per person), Gold Package (€29 per person), and Silver Hen & Stag Package (€19 per person).

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

  • Mill Rd, Gowran Demesne, Kilkenny, Ireland

  • Phone: +353 56 772 6225

  • https://www.gowranpark.ie/racing/

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Gowran Racecourse

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