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Keeneland Racecourse

Keeneland Racecourse is a horse-racing track in Lexington, Kentucky, United States. It opened in 1936, at Versailles 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

It was inaugurated on October 15, 1936, originated as a non-profit racing–auction entity on 147 acres (0.59 km2) of farmland west of Lexington, owned by Jack Keene. Keeneland Association, Inc. is an equine business based in Lexington, Kentucky. It includes two distinct divisions, the Keeneland Race Course, a Thoroughbred racing facility, and Keeneland Sales, a horse auction complex.

In 2009, the Horseplayers Association of North America introduced a rating system for 65 Thoroughbred racetracks in North America, and Keeneland was ranked #1 of the top ten tracks. In 1986, it was recognized as a National Historic Landmark for its role in horseracing sport’s growth and revitalization in Lexington. It is also known for its reference library, open for the public, and devoted to thoroughbred horses. It has a notable collection of books (The Blood-Horse of January 6, 1940) and numerous photographic negatives.

Keeneland Race Course conducts live race meets every April and October. The 15-day spring meet is one of the richest in North America, with fifteen graded stakes races featuring the Blue Grass Stakes, a prep race for the Kentucky Derby. The 17-day fall meet features seventeen graded stakes races, six of which are Grade One events used as Breeders’ Cup preps.

Track Details

The track has a 1 1⁄16 miles (1,700 m) dirt oval and a seven and one-half furlong (0.875 miles (1,408 m)) turf oval. The turf course uses two configurations: the Keeneland Course setup has a temporary rail set 15 feet (4.6 m) out. It can accommodate 8,799 seats on the track. All in all, sitting in 1,038 acres of land.

History

It was inaugurated on October 15, 1936, originated as a non-profit racing–auction entity on 147 acres (0.59 km2) of farmland west of Lexington, owned by Jack Keene. Keeneland Association, Inc. is an equine business based in Lexington, Kentucky. It includes two distinct divisions, the Keeneland Race Course, a Thoroughbred racing facility, and Keeneland Sales, a horse auction complex.

In 2009, the Horseplayers Association of North America introduced a rating system for 65 Thoroughbred racetracks in North America, and Keeneland was ranked #1 of the top ten tracks. In 1986, it was recognized as a National Historic Landmark for its role in horseracing sport’s growth and revitalization in Lexington. It is also known for its reference library, open for the public, and devoted to thoroughbred horses. It has a notable collection of books (The Blood-Horse of January 6, 1940) and numerous photographic negatives.

Keeneland Race Course conducts live race meets every April and October. The 15-day spring meet is one of the richest in North America, with fifteen graded stakes races featuring the Blue Grass Stakes, a prep race for the Kentucky Derby. The 17-day fall meet features seventeen graded stakes races, six of which are Grade One events used as Breeders’ Cup preps.

Track Details

The track has a 1 1⁄16 miles (1,700 m) dirt oval and a seven and one-half furlong (0.875 miles (1,408 m)) turf oval. The turf course uses two configurations: the Keeneland Course setup has a temporary rail set 15 feet (4.6 m) out. It can accommodate 8,799 seats on the track. All in all, sitting in 1,038 acres of land.

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

  • 4201 Versailles Rd, Lexington, KY 40510, United States

  • Phone: +1 859-254-3412

  • https://www.keeneland.com/

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