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Penn National Race Course

Penn National Race Course is a Racino (horse-racing track and casino) in Grantville, Pennsylvania, United States. It opened in 1972, at Hollywood Blvd.

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

Penn National had been the brainchild of several civic leaders from Central Pennsylvania who established the track very early with 100 racing dates in the first year alone. Moreover, back in 1983, Penn was also instrumental in the invention of telephone betting.

On August 30, 1972, a thoroughbred horse racing track (which offers racing 52 weeks a year, making it unusual among United States thoroughbred tracks) and casino was opened located at Grantville, Pennsylvania, 17 miles (27 km) east of Harrisburg. It is owned by Gaming and Leisure Properties and operated by Penn National Gaming.

In 2011, the track officially started to offer evening racing on Monday and Tuesday nights, which made it one of the few Thoroughbred tracks to offer live racing on these days.

Track Details

The main dirt track with a sandy loam surface is one mile in circumference, with the inner turf course measuring seven furlongs that feature Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse meet. The turf course is 7/8 mile with a Bermuda grass surface and a 1 1/8 chute. The stable area can accommodate 1,400 horses with 20 stall stakes barn. They also offer over 750 games and restaurants, cafes, arcades, and park areas.

History

Penn National had been the brainchild of several civic leaders from Central Pennsylvania who established the track very early with 100 racing dates in the first year alone. Moreover, back in 1983, Penn was also instrumental in the invention of telephone betting.

On August 30, 1972, a thoroughbred horse racing track (which offers racing 52 weeks a year, making it unusual among United States thoroughbred tracks) and casino was opened located at Grantville, Pennsylvania, 17 miles (27 km) east of Harrisburg. It is owned by Gaming and Leisure Properties and operated by Penn National Gaming.

In 2011, the track officially started to offer evening racing on Monday and Tuesday nights, which made it one of the few Thoroughbred tracks to offer live racing on these days.

Track Details

It consists of a 1 mile (1.6 km) dirt course with a 7-furlong turf course and two chutes. There is a run of just under 1,000 feet from the final turn to the wire on the home stretch.

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

  • 777 Hollywood Blvd, Grantville, PA 17028, United States

  • Phone: +1 717-469-2211

  • www.hollywoodpnrc.com

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