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Hawthorne Race Course

Hawthorne Race Course is a horse-racing track in Stickney/Cicero, Illinois, United States. It opened in 1891, at Laramie Avenue.

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

The history began when a Chicago businessman who owned the 1890 Kentucky Derby winner, Riley (by Longfellow), Edward Corrigan, purchased 119 acres (0.48 km2) of land in Cicero and began building a grandstand for a new racetrack. It is located at Stickney/Cicero, Illinois, United States, opened in 1891. However, it was burned to the ground in 1902. Due to this, all racing was moved to the Harlem racetrack in Chicago. In 1905, he sold the racetrack to Thomas Carey. Unfortunately, horse racing was banned in Chicago during that year, leading to its shutdown. Temporarily, the field was utilized by pioneer aviators Victor and Allan Haines Loughead to fly a powered Montgomery glider and a Curtiss pusher in 1910. Then in 1916, the track ran a 13-day meeting which included the American Derby, the last race until 1922.

In 1922, the track reopened legally for a 13-day race meeting, and it expanded again to 25 days by 1923. Then in 1924, the Chicago Business Men’s Racing Association took over the racing operations and ran a 52-day meet in the fall. Moreover, in this same year, a new clubhouse was built, and pari-mutuel betting was introduced. In 1948, Turf racing returned to Hawthorne with the renovation of the racing stripe and the introduction of a six-furlong turf course. In 1959, a new clubhouse was opened, and in 1970, harness racing also began.

Another fire destroyed Hawthorne’s grandstand in 1978. They tried to move the meet to Sportsman’s Park Racetrack immediately but failed and only successfully did it the next year, 1979. Then in 1980, at the end of September, it was officially opened for a 72-day thoroughbred meet beginning.

Track Details

The main track is one mile, oval with a stretch length measures 1,320 feet, and a seven-furlong oval turf. The chute is six- and one-half furlongs. It can accommodate up to 35,000 people.

History

The history began when a Chicago businessman who owned the 1890 Kentucky Derby winner, Riley (by Longfellow), Edward Corrigan, purchased 119 acres (0.48 km2) of land in Cicero and began building a grandstand for a new racetrack. It is located at Stickney/Cicero, Illinois, United States, opened in 1891. However, it was burned to the ground in 1902. Due to this, all racing was moved to the Harlem racetrack in Chicago. In 1905, he sold the racetrack to Thomas Carey. Unfortunately, horse racing was banned in Chicago during that year, leading to its shutdown. Temporarily, the field was utilized by pioneer aviators Victor and Allan Haines Loughead to fly a powered Montgomery glider and a Curtiss pusher in 1910. Then in 1916, the track ran a 13-day meeting which included the American Derby, the last race until 1922.

In 1922, the track reopened legally for a 13-day race meeting, and it expanded again to 25 days by 1923. Then in 1924, the Chicago Business Men’s Racing Association took over the racing operations and ran a 52-day meet in the fall. Moreover, in this same year, a new clubhouse was built, and pari-mutuel betting was introduced. In 1948, Turf racing returned to Hawthorne with the renovation of the racing stripe and the introduction of a six-furlong turf course. In 1959, a new clubhouse was opened, and in 1970, harness racing also began.

Another fire destroyed Hawthorne’s grandstand in 1978. They tried to move the meet to Sportsman’s Park Racetrack immediately but failed and only successfully did it the next year, 1979. Then in 1980, at the end of September, it was officially opened for a 72-day thoroughbred meet beginning.

Track Details

The main track is one mile, oval with a stretch length measures 1,320 feet, and a seven-furlong oval turf. The chute is six- and one-half furlongs. It can accommodate up to 35,000 people.

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

  • 3501 S Laramie Ave, Stickney, IL 60804, United States

  • Phone: +1 708-780-3700

  • https://www.hawthorneracecourse.com/

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Hawthorne Race Course

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