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Santa Anita Park

Santa Anita Park is a horse-racing track in Arcadia, California, USA. It opened in 1934, at Huntington.

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 originally just a portion of “Rancho Santa Anita”, originally owned by former San Gabriel Mission Mayor-Domo, Claudio Lopez, and named after a family member, “Anita Cota”. The ranch was passed on to different owners, first obtained by rancher Hugo Reid, a Scotsman, then to the multimillionaire horse breeder and racer Lucky Baldwin. Currently, the owner has been the Stronach Group since 2011. It is a Thoroughbred racetrack located at the Arcadia, California, United States.

Since the track is near Los Angeles, Santa Anita has traditionally been linked with the film and television industries. In 1942, racing at Santa Anita was suspended due to the Second World War and was utilized as an “assembly center” for Japanese Americans excluded from the West Coast. After the war in 1945, after the track was reopened, it went through prosperity. The racetrack was named to America’s “Most Endangered Historic Places” list in 2000. It was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2006, however, continued to be threatened by developers’ plans. Many attempts to ruin the track were aborted even until the year 2011. One of them was when there was a scheme to construct another mall next to Santa Anita Park, but fortunately, it was abandoned.

The track replaced its dirt racing surface with Cushion Track, composed of silica sand, synthetic fibers, elastic fiber, granulated rubber, and a wax coating. In 2008, 11 racing dates were canceled due to a drainage problem with the new material. Hence they repaired it with intensive maintenance and a liquid binder that substantially refined the artificial surface. However, in December 2010, they restored the track to an all-natural dirt surface.

Track Details

The main track is one-mile (1,609 m) of natural dirt, which rings a turf course measuring 0.9 miles, or 1,584 yards (1,448 m). It also has a unique hillside turf course that crosses the dirt and has been utilized mainly to run turf races at a distance of “about” 6½ furlongs (exact distance is 1,408.5 yards (1,287.9 m)), as well as longer races at 1¼ miles, 1½ miles, and about 1¾ miles. In August 2020, the track acquired a new backstretch turf chute and was expected to be finalized in time for 2020/2021 winter meet, which will be utilized primarily for turf sprints at distances up to 6½ furlongs.

It also has a 1,100-foot (340 m)-long grandstand that can accommodate 26,000 guests. The track infield area that picnic tables and large trees can accommodate 50,000 or more guests. There are 61 barns that can accommodate more than 2,000 horses, as well as an equine hospital.

History

It was originally just a portion of “Rancho Santa Anita”, originally owned by former San Gabriel Mission Mayor-Domo, Claudio Lopez, and named after a family member, “Anita Cota”. The ranch was passed on to different owners, first obtained by rancher Hugo Reid, a Scotsman, then to the multimillionaire horse breeder and racer Lucky Baldwin. Currently, the owner has been the Stronach Group since 2011. It is a Thoroughbred racetrack located at the Arcadia, California, United States.

Since the track is near Los Angeles, Santa Anita has traditionally been linked with the film and television industries. In 1942, racing at Santa Anita was suspended due to the Second World War and was utilized as an “assembly center” for Japanese Americans excluded from the West Coast. After the war in 1945, after the track was reopened, it went through prosperity. The racetrack was named to America’s “Most Endangered Historic Places” list in 2000. It was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2006, however, continued to be threatened by developers’ plans. Many attempts to ruin the track were aborted even until the year 2011. One of them was when there was a scheme to construct another mall next to Santa Anita Park, but fortunately, it was abandoned.

The track replaced its dirt racing surface with Cushion Track, composed of silica sand, synthetic fibers, elastic fiber, granulated rubber, and a wax coating. In 2008, 11 racing dates were canceled due to a drainage problem with the new material. Hence they repaired it with intensive maintenance and a liquid binder that substantially refined the artificial surface. However, in December 2010, they restored the track to an all-natural dirt surface.

Track Details

The main track is one-mile (1,609 m) of natural dirt, which rings a turf course measuring 0.9 miles, or 1,584 yards (1,448 m). It also has a unique hillside turf course that crosses the dirt and has been utilized mainly to run turf races at a distance of “about” 6½ furlongs (exact distance is 1,408.5 yards (1,287.9 m)), as well as longer races at 1¼ miles, 1½ miles, and about 1¾ miles. In August 2020, the track acquired a new backstretch turf chute and was expected to be finalized in time for 2020/2021 winter meet, which will be utilized primarily for turf sprints at distances up to 6½ furlongs.

It also has a 1,100-foot (340 m)-long grandstand that can accommodate 26,000 guests. The track infield area that picnic tables and large trees can accommodate 50,000 or more guests. There are 61 barns that can accommodate more than 2,000 horses, as well as an equine hospital.

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

  • 285 W. Huntington, Arcadia, CA 91007, United States

  • Phone: +1 626-574-7223

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