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Hamilton Park Racecourse

Hamilton Park Racecourse is a horse-racing track in Hamilton, Scotland, United Kingdom. It opened in 1782, at Chatelherault.

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

Hamilton Park Racecourse is a thoroughbred horse racing venue currently located in Hamilton, Scotland, a short distance from the southeast of Glasgow, at Henty Highway Hamilton VICTORIA, and situated between the coastline and The Grampians, an approximately 4-hour drive from Melbourne. However, it was originally situated in Chatelherault on the other side of town, where it was inaugurated in 1782 and just closed in 1907. It was relocated to the current location and opened in 1926 while owned by the Hamilton Park Trust since 1973. In 1864 the Hamilton Racecourse and the Warrnambool Club were the backbones of Jumping racing in the South West.

Hamilton racecourse holds 10 to 12 meetings per year, including hurdle races. It hosts flat races between May and October every year and is part of Scotland’s great sporting heritage. On July 18, 1947, it became the first course in Britain to stage an evening fixture, while on May 8, 1971, the racecourse became the first to hold a morning meeting. It also became the first racing club in Australia to conduct six jumping races on the one program in August 2000.

The Lanark Silver Bell, formerly run at Lanark racecourse, was resurrected at Hamilton in 2008. The original Silver Bell is believed to have been presented to the Royal Burgh of Lanark by King William I of Scotland in 1165. The racecourse also staged sell-out stand-alone concerts in three consecutive years from 2010 to 2012. More recently, in 2015, they were also the first racecourse in Scotland, and the first small independent course in the UK, to provide racegoers with free Wi-Fi.

Track Details

Hamilton Racecourse has a circumference of 2030 meters and a home straight being 400 meters long, which is right-handed, sharp, and undulating. There are steep gradients in and out (from the 1600 meter mark to the 900-meter mark) of pronounced hollow, measuring three furlongs from the winning post and a hill up to the finish.

The round course has a six-furlong straight, which joins a right-handed loop about halfway along its length. The 1 mile 5 furlongs and 9 yards are beyond the winning post, and runners proceed the “wrong” way up the home straight, around the loop, and back towards the winning post.

The Hill is the upmarket bar and eatery on the ground floor of the grandstand. There is also the Overton Farm Grill which is open for every race meeting and serves homemade, locally produced beef burgers from Overton Farm right here in Lanarkshire. The main public bars in the grandstand at the racecourse are the Dukes, Panorama Bar, and the Braveheart Bar. The Racing TV Bar is situated in the grandstand, near the winning post. There are also 12 luxurious Private Boxes on the second floor of the grandstand.

History

Hamilton Park Racecourse is a thoroughbred horse racing venue currently located in Hamilton, Scotland, a short distance from the southeast of Glasgow, at Henty Highway Hamilton VICTORIA, and situated between the coastline and The Grampians, an approximately 4-hour drive from Melbourne. However, it was originally situated in Chatelherault on the other side of town, where it was inaugurated in 1782 and just closed in 1907. It was relocated to the current location and opened in 1926 while owned by the Hamilton Park Trust since 1973. In 1864 the Hamilton Racecourse and the Warrnambool Club were the backbones of Jumping racing in the South West.

Hamilton racecourse holds 10 to 12 meetings per year, including hurdle races. It hosts flat races between May and October every year and is part of Scotland’s great sporting heritage. On July 18, 1947, it became the first course in Britain to stage an evening fixture, while on May 8, 1971, the racecourse became the first to hold a morning meeting. It also became the first racing club in Australia to conduct six jumping races on the one program in August 2000.

The Lanark Silver Bell, formerly run at Lanark racecourse, was resurrected at Hamilton in 2008. The original Silver Bell is believed to have been presented to the Royal Burgh of Lanark by King William I of Scotland in 1165. The racecourse also staged sell-out stand-alone concerts in three consecutive years from 2010 to 2012. More recently, in 2015, they were also the first racecourse in Scotland, and the first small independent course in the UK, to provide racegoers with free Wi-Fi.

Track Details

Hamilton Racecourse has a circumference of 2030 meters and a home straight being 400 meters long, which is right-handed, sharp, and undulating. There are steep gradients in and out (from the 1600 meter mark to the 900-meter mark) of pronounced hollow, measuring three furlongs from the winning post and a hill up to the finish.

The round course has a six-furlong straight, which joins a right-handed loop about halfway along its length. The 1 mile 5 furlongs and 9 yards are beyond the winning post, and runners proceed the “wrong” way up the home straight, around the loop, and back towards the winning post.

The Hill is the upmarket bar and eatery on the ground floor of the grandstand. There is also the Overton Farm Grill which is open for every race meeting and serves homemade, locally produced beef burgers from Overton Farm right here in Lanarkshire. The main public bars in the grandstand at the racecourse are the Dukes, Panorama Bar, and the Braveheart Bar. The Racing TV Bar is situated in the grandstand, near the winning post. There are also 12 luxurious Private Boxes on the second floor of the grandstand.

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

  • Bothwell Rd, Hamilton ML3 0RF, United Kingdom

  • Phone: +44 1698 283806

  • https://hamilton-park.co.uk/

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Hamilton Park Racecourse

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