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Musselburgh Racecourse

Musselburgh Racecourse is a horse-racing track in Musselburgh, East Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom. It opened in 1816, at Linkfield Road.

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

History began when the first races in Musselburgh took place in 1777 under the auspices of the Royal Caledonian Hunt. Between 1789 and 1816, race meetings were held on the sands at Leith, while in 1816, they returned permanently to Musselburgh, to a course laid out for them by the town council.

However, it had suffered losses that, as a result, East Lothian Council took over the management of the racecourse from the Lothians Racing Syndicate Limited (LRS) in the year 1991. In 1994, the Council and the Lothians Racing Syndicate created the Musselburgh Joint Racing Committee (MJRC) to run the racecourse, a partnership that still exists today. The Council owns the racecourse facilities and assets, and the MJRC pays a full commercial rent to use the land and facilities to both the Common Good Fund and ELC.

It is a horse racing venue which formerly known as Edinburgh Racecourse, situated at Linkfield Road, Musselburgh, East Lothian, EH21 7RG, in the Millhill area of Musselburgh, East Lothian, Scotland, UK, close to the River Esk. It is the second biggest racecourse in Scotland (the first being Ayr) and the UK’s fourteenth biggest. It is also Scotland’s only 5* Visitor Attraction Racecourse that is firmly established as one of the UK’s most stylish racecourses.

In 2011, it won the Dual-Purpose Award at the Neil Wyatt Racecourse Groundstaff Awards, beating the much bigger Ascot Racecourse into second place. Musselburgh Racecourse has also won a range of awards through the RCA Showcase Awards.

Track Details

It has a 1.25-mile right-handed oval track with a home straight of 4f. The course offers both flat racing and National Hunt meetings, but jumping was only introduced in 1987. It is also 2 km long.

For flat races, it is right-handed, sharp, and oval. The top end of the course turns is particularly sharp, while the fields typically race towards the stand rail on the straight course. For National Hunt, it is also a right-handed oval track but a little over a mile and a quarter in extent, almost flat with sharp bends, favoring handy types as opposed to gallopers. A Polytrack strip was installed on the bend, running away from the stands towards the end of 2012 to protect the ground that tended to get worn and bare due to overuse. The two-mile start is on a spur on the last bend. There are eight fences (four in each straight) to a circuit.

Private hospitality boxes can host between 20 and 200 guests, with prices varying between £62 and £148 + VAT per person. They also have an onsite Epperston Restaurant, with prices starting at £55 and potentially rising to as high as £98 + VAT per head. Other facilities available at the track are WiFi, Pets Welcome, Car Parking, Coach Parking, Accessible Access, Café / Restaurant, Public Toilets, Toilets for disabled, and Baby Changing Facilities.

History

History began when the first races in Musselburgh took place in 1777 under the auspices of the Royal Caledonian Hunt. Between 1789 and 1816, race meetings were held on the sands at Leith, while in 1816, they returned permanently to Musselburgh, to a course laid out for them by the town council.

However, it had suffered losses that, as a result, East Lothian Council took over the management of the racecourse from the Lothians Racing Syndicate Limited (LRS) in the year 1991. In 1994, the Council and the Lothians Racing Syndicate created the Musselburgh Joint Racing Committee (MJRC) to run the racecourse, a partnership that still exists today. The Council owns the racecourse facilities and assets, and the MJRC pays a full commercial rent to use the land and facilities to both the Common Good Fund and ELC.

It is a horse racing venue which formerly known as Edinburgh Racecourse, situated at Linkfield Road, Musselburgh, East Lothian, EH21 7RG, in the Millhill area of Musselburgh, East Lothian, Scotland, UK, close to the River Esk. It is the second biggest racecourse in Scotland (the first being Ayr) and the UK’s fourteenth biggest. It is also Scotland’s only 5* Visitor Attraction Racecourse that is firmly established as one of the UK’s most stylish racecourses.

In 2011, it won the Dual-Purpose Award at the Neil Wyatt Racecourse Groundstaff Awards, beating the much bigger Ascot Racecourse into second place. Musselburgh Racecourse has also won a range of awards through the RCA Showcase Awards.

Track Details

It has a 1.25-mile right-handed oval track with a home straight of 4f. The course offers both flat racing and National Hunt meetings, but jumping was only introduced in 1987. It is also 2 km long.

For flat races, it is right-handed, sharp, and oval. The top end of the course turns is particularly sharp, while the fields typically race towards the stand rail on the straight course. For National Hunt, it is also a right-handed oval track but a little over a mile and a quarter in extent, almost flat with sharp bends, favoring handy types as opposed to gallopers. A Polytrack strip was installed on the bend, running away from the stands towards the end of 2012 to protect the ground that tended to get worn and bare due to overuse. The two-mile start is on a spur on the last bend. There are eight fences (four in each straight) to a circuit.

Private hospitality boxes can host between 20 and 200 guests, with prices varying between £62 and £148 + VAT per person. They also have an onsite Epperston Restaurant, with prices starting at £55 and potentially rising to as high as £98 + VAT per head. Other facilities available at the track are WiFi, Pets Welcome, Car Parking, Coach Parking, Accessible Access, Café / Restaurant, Public Toilets, Toilets for disabled, and Baby Changing Facilities.

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

  • Linkfield Rd, Musselburgh EH21 7RE, United Kingdom

  • Phone: +44 131 665 2859

  • https://www.musselburgh-racecourse.co.uk/

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