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Scottsville Racecourse

Scottsville Racecourse is a horse-racing track in Scottsville, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. It opened in 1886, at New England 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

The racecourse was established, as the City Sporting Club, in 1886. When the racecourse first opened, it was sustained by farmers with plow and oxen. Locals were requested to come to the racecourse with their bikes and scooters to ensure that divots were repaired. In 2006, an additional track was constructed at Scottsville Racecourse.

It is situated in Pietermaritzburg, in the capital city of KwaZulu-Natal, Natal Midlands, South Africa. A less than an hour’s drive from Durban and the King Shaka International Airport and only 2.5 kilometers from the center of Pietermaritzburg.

It is one of the most attractive racecourses in South Africa and home to some of the finest horseracing and pari-mutuel betting available in the country. It has become one of the top tourist destinations in Pietermaritzburg with its racecourse maintained the old-fashioned way of the plow and oxen, which is hardly found anymore. It was also the setting for Racing Stripes, a 2005 children’s movie about a racing zebra. Another known feature of the track is the horse statue situated at the back of the racecourse. The 14-meter Pegasus is the largest horse statue globally, greeting visitors into the Golden Horse Casino.

Every Sunday, the racecourse showcases an average of 8 to 9 races offering a wide selection of horse betting options that include straight bets, Trifecta, Quartet, Swinger, Exacta, Pick 6, Place Accumulator, and Jackpot. The most valuable race at Scottsville is the Golden Horse Casino Sprint every year, running over 1,200 meters, or 6 furlongs, in May each year.

Track Details

There are inside and outside tracks in races beyond 1200m with a common back straight and turns. The outside track joins the 1200m straight course at the 550m-mark, whereas the inside track has its own run-in. The round course at Scottsville is a tight, right-handed turf oval, 2,300 meters, or nearly 11½ furlongs, in circumference, with a home straight 550 meters, or nearly 2¾ furlongs, long. The straight course measuring 1,200 meters or 6 furlongs joins the round course at the top of the home straight. The straight course runs downhill for the first 400 meters or 2 furlongs, but uphill for the last 500 meters or 2½ furlongs. Horses drawn on the outside hold a distinct advantage on the straight course when the going is soft.

It has an enclosed picnic area, a grandstand with various restaurants and bars, and other facilities such as the Comrades House Museum, spacious lodgings, and The Golden Horse Casino. The casino has 22 tables and 450 slot machines.

History

The racecourse was established, as the City Sporting Club, in 1886. When the racecourse first opened, it was sustained by farmers with plow and oxen. Locals were requested to come to the racecourse with their bikes and scooters to ensure that divots were repaired. In 2006, an additional track was constructed at Scottsville Racecourse.

It is situated in Pietermaritzburg, in the capital city of KwaZulu-Natal, Natal Midlands, South Africa. A less than an hour’s drive from Durban and the King Shaka International Airport and only 2.5 kilometers from the center of Pietermaritzburg.

It is one of the most attractive racecourses in South Africa and home to some of the finest horseracing and pari-mutuel betting available in the country. It has become one of the top tourist destinations in Pietermaritzburg with its racecourse maintained the old-fashioned way of the plow and oxen, which is hardly found anymore. It was also the setting for Racing Stripes, a 2005 children’s movie about a racing zebra. Another known feature of the track is the horse statue situated at the back of the racecourse. The 14-meter Pegasus is the largest horse statue globally, greeting visitors into the Golden Horse Casino.

Every Sunday, the racecourse showcases an average of 8 to 9 races offering a wide selection of horse betting options that include straight bets, Trifecta, Quartet, Swinger, Exacta, Pick 6, Place Accumulator, and Jackpot. The most valuable race at Scottsville is the Golden Horse Casino Sprint every year, running over 1,200 meters, or 6 furlongs, in May each year.

Track Details

There are inside and outside tracks in races beyond 1200m with a common back straight and turns. The outside track joins the 1200m straight course at the 550m-mark, whereas the inside track has its own run-in. The round course at Scottsville is a tight, right-handed turf oval, 2,300 meters, or nearly 11½ furlongs, in circumference, with a home straight 550 meters, or nearly 2¾ furlongs, long. The straight course measuring 1,200 meters or 6 furlongs joins the round course at the top of the home straight. The straight course runs downhill for the first 400 meters or 2 furlongs, but uphill for the last 500 meters or 2½ furlongs. Horses drawn on the outside hold a distinct advantage on the straight course when the going is soft.

It has an enclosed picnic area, a grandstand with various restaurants and bars, and other facilities such as the Comrades House Museum, spacious lodgings, and The Golden Horse Casino. The casino has 22 tables and 450 slot machines.

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

  • 45 New England Rd, Scottsville, Pietermaritzburg, 3209, South Africa

  • Phone: +27 33 345 3405

  • https://www.goldcircle.co.za/racing/racecourses/scottsville/

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Scottsville Racecourse

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