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Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack

Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack is a Racino (horse-racing track and casino) in Chester, Pennsylvania, United States. It opened in 2006, at Harrah’s Blvd.

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

It was on September 10, 2006, when Harrah’s Philadelphia occurred its first harness racing season. The track is located in Chester, Pennsylvania, just south of the Philadelphia International Airport and situated in the tri-state area of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. You can reach it with a very short ride from nearby Maryland. The location of the track is on the site of the former Sun Shipbuilding campus.

On September 27, 2006, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board gave Harrah’s Chester slots license. Then the permanent slot-machine gaming operator license was given on December 20, 2006. Then on January 22, 2007, the casino was opened. It was one day earlier than the expected date. The Catania Engineering Associates managed the design of the project site.

On July 18, 2010, it began offering live table games. Then in May 2012, Harrah’s Chester was changed into Harrah’s Philadelphia to appeal to a broader market.

The change of ownership occurred in 2018 when Vici Properties purchased Harrah’s Philadelphia’s land and buildings from Caesars for $242 million. Caesars leased back the property for $21 million per year.

Track Details

The track is 5⁄8 mile (1.0 km) in length and has a limestone-based surface. The midpoint of 1-mile (1.6 km) races comes on a bridge that hangs over the Delaware River and provides a view of freight ships passing by. The racing paddock at Harrah’s holds up to 131 horses. Horses are shipped into the paddock rather than stabled on-track due to its limited space.

The grandstand capacity is 1,500, while the clubhouse is 300. The parking space is free, 3,000, where covered parking and valet service are available. They also have rentable wheelchairs. They also offer restaurants, nightlife, and shopping.

History

It was on September 10, 2006, when Harrah’s Philadelphia occurred its first harness racing season. The track is located in Chester, Pennsylvania, just south of the Philadelphia International Airport and situated in the tri-state area of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. You can reach it with a very short ride from nearby Maryland. The location of the track is on the site of the former Sun Shipbuilding campus.

On September 27, 2006, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board gave Harrah’s Chester slots license. Then the permanent slot-machine gaming operator license was given on December 20, 2006. Then on January 22, 2007, the casino was opened. It was one day earlier than the expected date. The Catania Engineering Associates managed the design of the project site.

On July 18, 2010, it began offering live table games. Then in May 2012, Harrah’s Chester was changed into Harrah’s Philadelphia to appeal to a broader market.

The change of ownership occurred in 2018 when Vici Properties purchased Harrah’s Philadelphia’s land and buildings from Caesars for $242 million. Caesars leased back the property for $21 million per year.

Track Details

The track is 5⁄8 mile (1.0 km) in length and has a limestone-based surface. The midpoint of 1-mile (1.6 km) races comes on a bridge that hangs over the Delaware River and provides a view of freight ships passing by. The racing paddock at Harrah’s holds up to 131 horses. Horses are shipped into the paddock rather than stabled on-track due to its limited space.

The grandstand capacity is 1,500, while the clubhouse is 300. The parking space is free, 3,000, where covered parking and valet service are available. They also have rentable wheelchairs. They also offer restaurants, nightlife, and shopping.

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

  • 777 Harrah’s Blvd, Chester, PA 19013, United States

  • Phone: +1800-480-8020

  • https://www.caesars.com/harrahs-philly

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