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Happy Valley Racecourse

Happy Valley Racecourse is a horse-racing track in Happy Valley, Hong Kong. It opened in 1845, at Wong Nai Chung 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

A non-profit charitable organization handles the Happy Valley Racecourse to provide entertainment and social activity, located at Wan Chai District, Hong Kong, which opened in 1845.

Ironically, the racetrack is situated on a reclaimed marshland that was formerly utilized for farms and cemeteries. Many people were dead due to malaria and were buried in the cemeteries in the valley. A “happy valley” was a euphemism for a graveyard; thus, the name was created. A 150 years ago, British military officers built the first course while the first races were held on December 17th and 18th of 1846. A temporary grandstand collapsed on February 26, 1918, knocking over hot food stalls that set bamboo matting ablaze, resulting in 590 deaths.

Track Details

Its capacity is 55,000, and the course type is thoroughbred. It is a tight, right-handed city race track with a circumference of 1450 meters and five distances utilized – 1000m, 1200m, 1650m, 1800m, and 2200m.

There are also restaurants and bars to have meals, snacks, and beer, which are relatively cheap. The entrance ticket only costs 10 HKD or about 1.50 USD, and the minimum bet is 10 HKD. They also offer a huge screen. Night racing is also available in which was introduced in 1973.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club uses the racecourse for one month every Wednesday evening from September to early July. However, there are no races every Wednesday evening during the racing season. The Group 1 world-class races that involve the world’s fastest horses are held on Saturdays or Sundays in Shatin. The inner field of the course also has sports and leisure facilities, including football, hockey, and rugby fields, all managed by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

History

A non-profit charitable organization handles the Happy Valley Racecourse to provide entertainment and social activity, located at Wan Chai District, Hong Kong, which opened in 1845.

Ironically, the racetrack is situated on a reclaimed marshland that was formerly utilized for farms and cemeteries. Many people were dead due to malaria and were buried in the cemeteries in the valley. A “happy valley” was a euphemism for a graveyard; thus, the name was created. A 150 years ago, British military officers built the first course while the first races were held on December 17th and 18th of 1846. A temporary grandstand collapsed on February 26, 1918, knocking over hot food stalls that set bamboo matting ablaze, resulting in 590 deaths.

Track Details

Its capacity is 55,000, and the course type is thoroughbred. It is a tight, right-handed city race track with a circumference of 1450 meters and five distances utilized – 1000m, 1200m, 1650m, 1800m, and 2200m.

There are also restaurants and bars to have meals, snacks, and beer, which are relatively cheap. The entrance ticket only costs 10 HKD or about 1.50 USD, and the minimum bet is 10 HKD. They also offer a huge screen. Night racing is also available in which was introduced in 1973.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club uses the racecourse for one month every Wednesday evening from September to early July. However, there are no races every Wednesday evening during the racing season. The Group 1 world-class races that involve the world’s fastest horses are held on Saturdays or Sundays in Shatin. The inner field of the course also has sports and leisure facilities, including football, hockey, and rugby fields, all managed by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

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

  • Wong Nai Chung Rd, Happy Valley, Hong Kong

  • Phone: +852 2966 1817

  • https://www.hkjc.com/home/english/index.aspx

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Happy Valley Racecourse

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