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Kenilworth Racecourse

Kenilworth Racecourse is a horse-racing track in Kenilworth, Cape Town, South Africa. It opened in 1985, at the Rosmead 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

It is located at Rosmead Avenue, Kenilworth, Cape Town, South Africa, only a 20-minute drive from the City Bowl. It is home to the most preserved section of Cape Flats Sand Fynbos in the world. It is also South Africa’s oldest horse racing venue and hosts various prestigious events throughout the year, including the renowned Sun Met (formerly J&B Met).

The first race took place in 1883 and was called the Metropolitan Mile. However, the area of land was already identified as one of 35 core botanical sites in South Africa, in which the patch of land in the center of the racecourse is now a protected environment known as the Kenilworth Racecourse Conservation Area (KRCA). This small nature reserve is one of the last remaining undisturbed patches of Cape Flats Sand Fynbos, making it an invaluable piece of land. KRCA was established in 1985, a seasonal wetland that spans some 52 hectares in the center of the racecourse’s borders.

Track Details

The course has three tracks, the first being an old course that is 2700m in circumference with a 450m run-in, a new course of 2800m with a 600m run-in, and a completely separate 1200m straight.

History

It is located at Kenilworth Racecourse, Rosmead Avenue, Kenilworth, Cape Town, South Africa, only a 20-minute drive from the City Bowl. It is home to the most preserved section of Cape Flats Sand Fynbos in the world. It is also South Africa’s oldest horse racing venue and hosts various prestigious events throughout the year, including the renowned Sun Met (formerly J&B Met).

The first race took place in 1883 and was called the Metropolitan Mile. However, the area of land was already identified as one of 35 core botanical sites in South Africa, in which the patch of land in the center of the racecourse is now a protected environment known as the Kenilworth Racecourse Conservation Area (KRCA). This small nature reserve is one of the last remaining undisturbed patches of Cape Flats Sand Fynbos, making it an invaluable piece of land. KRCA was established in 1985, a seasonal wetland that spans some 52 hectares in the center of the racecourse’s borders.

Track Details

The course has three tracks, the first being an old course that is 2700m in circumference with a 450m run-in, a new course of 2800m with a 600m run-in, and a completely separate 1200m straight.

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

  • Kenilworth, Cape Town, 7708, South Africa

  • Phone: +27 021 700 1843

  • https://krca.co.za/

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