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Sam Houston Race Park

Sam Houston Race Park is a horse-racing track in Houston, Texas, United States. It opened in 1994, at North Sam Houston Pkwy W.

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 acknowledged as a Class 1 racetrack in Texas situated just 15 minutes from downtown Houston, Northwest Houston, opened on April 24, 1994. They run two live races every year, the Thoroughbred racing every November and American Quarter Horse racing from the end of June through September.

The track was named after Sam Houston, an influential general and later became the president of the Republic of Texas. In 2000, Sam Houston purchased the Valley Race Park, a greyhound track in Harlingen. In August 2017, the track became an evacuation center for the equine victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Track Details

The main track is 1-mile, and the turf track is 7/8 mile. It is 80 feet wide when the poles are in the zero-rail position, 71 feet wide when the poles are in the 9-foot rail position, and 62 feet wide when the poles are in the 18-foot rail position. During summer, the track comprises one-inch deep 419 Hybrid Bermuda grass, while during winter, it is composed of one-inch deep Ryegrass.

It has 8 bars, two restaurants, Grandstand suites, San Jacinto Suite, Celebration Suite, Director’s Suite, Sam Houston Suite, and the House Suite. The park also has many concession areas on the Paddock and Club levels. The parking area can fit 3,500 vehicles which include 125 accessible spaces. For general parking, it is free for Live Racing and Simulcast days, while valet parking is located at the south entrance gate with a $10 fee available during live race days only.

History

The race track was originally a part of the slough into which three creeks drain, the Schoolhouse Creek, Codornices Creek, and Marin Creek. It was also used as a transshipment point for sending cattle across the bay to San Francisco for slaughter and processing. Then, later on, purchased by a Giant Powder Company and recorded that the plant blew up twice between the years 1879 and 1892.

Just before World War II, the Golden Gate Fields opened in 1941. Shortly right after the opening, Golden Gate Fields created the Golden Gate Handicap. In 1950, Noor and Citation met in that event and were considered the most exciting horse racing rivalries in the sport’s history for some fans. In the summer of 2007, a synthetic track was installed and called Tapeta. The owners changed through time, and the current owner, The Stronach Group, purchased the Golden Gate Fields on July 3, 2011, to salvage from its bankruptcy.

Today, it is an American horse racing track straddling both Albany, California, and Berkeley, California, along the shoreline of San Francisco Bay adjacent to the Eastshore Freeway in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Track Details

The track is set on 140 acres (0.57 km2) of land, which includes a one-mile (1,609 m) synthetic track and a turf course measuring 9/10 of a mile, or 7 furlongs plus 132 feet (1,448 m), and stalls for 1,420 horses. The main grandstand can accommodate approximately 8,000 customers, while the clubhouse has seating that can accommodate approximately 5,200 customers, a Turf Club with seating for approximately 1,500 customers, and parking for over 8,500 cars.

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

  • 7575 North Sam Houston Pkwy W, Houston, TX 77064, United States

  • Phone: +1 281-807-8700

  • https://www.shrp.com/

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