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Leicester Racecourse

Leicester Racecourse is a horse-racing track in Oadby, Leicestershire, United Kingdom. It opened in 1603, at Leicester 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 March 23, 1603, the day before Queen Elizabeth I died. Races were discontinued towards the end of the century but were re-introduced in 1720. In the 19th century, some of the UK’s biggest races, including the Prince of Wales Stakes and the Portland Stakes, were held at the track. It is in Oadby, Leicestershire, about three miles south of the city center, owned by Leicester Racecourse Company Ltd.

It is a smart, dual-purpose track known for its chase races, and this course has ten fences, two open ditches, and the regulatory water jump. It hosts 30 race meetings throughout the year, 19 Flat, and 11 National Hunt (The Jumps are split into two major branches – Hurdles and Steeplechases).

In 2014, the entertainment and conferencing venue ‘The Kube’ opened and hosts various events for both business and pleasure. It is like a blank canvas and can be tailored to each client’s requests with a capacity of 1,000 people.

Track Details

It has an oval-shaped course of about 1 mile 5 furlongs, with a straight 7-furlong course joining the round course 4½ furlongs from the winning post. The 7-furlong course runs downhill to halfway, uphill for 2 furlongs before leveling out for the last 1½ furlongs. Races are run over distances between 5 furlongs and 1 mile 3 furlongs 183 yards.

The steeplechase course, which is also about 1 mile 5 furlongs, has ten fences. There are six fences, including the water jump and an open ditch, down the back straight, which runs inside the flat course. Back straight, was moved to the home straight. The home straight now consists of four fences, with the open ditch taken as the third last fence.

The flat course where Hurdle races are run is round and right-handed track about a mile and three-quarters around. The run-in begins downhill then turns into a stiff uphill climb before things level out as horses near the finishing post. The straight course (on which all races from 5-7 furlongs are run) is downhill to halfway, then a steep uphill finish over the final two furlongs. The jumps course, just like the flat, is undulating with a rise towards the finishing post, with ten fences around the track.

Its ‘Punters Café is in the main Grandstand. Several hospitality suites are available, including the Nelson Suite, Club Suite, Executive boxes, Juliet box, and Paddock Pavilion. The parking area is in front of the course, free of charge.

History

It was inaugurated on March 23, 1603, the day before Queen Elizabeth I died. Races were discontinued towards the end of the century but were re-introduced in 1720. In the 19th century, some of the UK’s biggest races, including the Prince of Wales Stakes and the Portland Stakes, were held at the track. It is in Oadby, Leicestershire, about three miles south of the city center, owned by Leicester Racecourse Company Ltd.

It is a smart, dual-purpose track known for its chase races, and this course has ten fences, two open ditches, and the regulatory water jump. It hosts 30 race meetings throughout the year, 19 Flat, and 11 National Hunt (The Jumps are split into two major branches – Hurdles and Steeplechases).

In 2014, the entertainment and conferencing venue ‘The Kube’ opened and hosts various events for both business and pleasure. It is like a blank canvas and can be tailored to each client’s requests with a capacity of 1,000 people.

Track Details

It has an oval-shaped course of about 1 mile 5 furlongs, with a straight 7-furlong course joining the round course 4½ furlongs from the winning post. The 7-furlong course runs downhill to halfway, uphill for 2 furlongs before leveling out for the last 1½ furlongs. Races are run over distances between 5 furlongs and 1 mile 3 furlongs 183 yards.

The steeplechase course, which is also about 1 mile 5 furlongs, has ten fences. There are six fences, including the water jump and an open ditch, down the back straight, which runs inside the flat course. Back straight, was moved to the home straight. The home straight now consists of four fences, with the open ditch taken as the third last fence.

The flat course where Hurdle races are run is round and right-handed track about a mile and three-quarters around. The run-in begins downhill then turns into a stiff uphill climb before things level out as horses near the finishing post. The straight course (on which all races from 5-7 furlongs are run) is downhill to halfway, then a steep uphill finish over the final two furlongs. The jumps course, just like the flat, is undulating with a rise towards the finishing post, with ten fences around the track.

Its ‘Punters Café is in the main Grandstand. Several hospitality suites are available, including the Nelson Suite, Club Suite, Executive boxes, Juliet box, and Paddock Pavilion. The parking area is in front of the course, free of charge.

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

  • Leicester Rd, Oadby, Leicester LE2 4AL, United Kingdom

  • Phone: +44 116 271 6515

  • https://www.leicester-racecourse.com/

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Leicester Racecourse

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