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Parx Racing

Parx Racing is a horse-racing track in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, United States. It opened in 1974, at Bensalem Township in Bucks County.

History of Parx Racing

1974 – It was originally named Keystone Racetrack and opened on November 4, 1974, in Bensalem, Pennsylvania. It replaced the Liberty Bell Park Racetrack in Northeast Philadelphia as the area’s Thoroughbred track.

1984 – The racetrack was renamed Philadelphia Park when ITB purchased it and added a new turf course. It is the first racetrack also in the country to have an innovative new way to wager called Phonebet.

1990 – Parx racing was again sold to another company called Greenwood Racing, Inc on December 1990. Another feature was added: full card simulcasting and the six off-track locations called Turf Clubs. 

2006 – The racetrack was allowed to construct a casino on September 27, 2006. Final approval of a permanent license came on December 20, 2006, and the following day the casino opened. Bally’s was chosen as the casino management system. 

2009 – The name of the casino, “Parx”, a modified spelling of the racetrack name, was unveiled following a fireworks display on July 4, 2009. 

2010 – On August 30, 2010, it was officially called Parx Racing and Casino.

2017 – Parx hosted the fourth annual Jockeys and Jeans fundraiser for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.

2018 – The poker room opened on January 11, while the Xcite Center opened on January 13. 

Track Details and Other Facilities

Track Details

  • 417 acres
  • One mile(1.6 km) dirt oval with 7f and 1-1/4 mile chutes and a 974-foot long stretch 80 feet wide.
  • A 7-furlong (1.408 km) turf oval with a 1 1/8 mile chute.
  • Backstretch houses 1,400 horses.

Other Facilities

Dining and Entertainment

  • Foodies
  • BurgerVana
  • Bambu Noodle House
  • Parxgrill
  • Liberty Bell Gastropub
  • Oliveto
  • Xlounge
  • Chickie’s & Pete’s
  • Club 360
  • Jax
  • Liberty Bell Beer Garden
  • Paddock Grill (at Parx East)
  • Circle Bar (at Parx East)

Xcite Center

  • An event center 
  • Hosts concerts, entertainment performances, comedy acts, boxing, and MMA matches.
  • All shows only allow audiences who are 21 or older.
  • It has an area of 30,000 square feet (2,800 m2
  • Seats over 1,500 people.

Casino

  • It has 3,200 slot machines
  • 188 live table games
  • a poker room with 48 poker tables

Parx Racing Major Events and Schedule

  • The Pennsylvania State Fair was held at the racetrack annually from 1987 to 2006.
  • In 2002, the track hosted the Claiming Crown of horse racing.
  • Home of the Pennsylvania Derby. 
  • Hosts year around live racing.

Notable Live Racing Events for three-year-olds

  • G1 Cotillion 
  • G2 Pennsylvania Derby 
  • G3 Turf Monster 
  • G3 Greenwood Cup

Stakes Races

  • Grade I
    • Pennsylvania Derby (last Saturday in September)
    • Cotillion Stakes (Run on Pennsylvania Derby Day)
  • Grade II
    • Gallant Bob Stakes

Other Stakes Races

  • Ambassador of Luck Handicap
  • Captain My Captain Handicap
  • Devil’s Honor Handicap
  • Mr. Jenney Handicap
  • Mrs. Penny Stakes
  • Northern Fling Handicap
  • Parx Dash Stakes
  • Peppy Addy Stakes
  • PTHA President’s Cup
  • Turf Amazon Handicap
  • My Juliet Stakes
  • Jostle Stakes

Location and Access to the Racecourse

  • It is located in Bensalem Township in Bucks County, northeast of Philadelphia, 15 miles from Philadelphia, and minutes off of I‑95, PA Turnpike, and US‑1.

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