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Sedgefield Racecourse

Sedgefield Racecourse is a horse-racing track in Sedgefield, Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom. It opened in 1846 at Racecourse Rd.

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

Racing has been at Sedgefield since at least 1732, but the first recorded meetings began in 1846. In 1804, an ancestor of the Earls of Durham, Ralph Lambton, formed a club based at the Hardwick Arms, and Sedgefield became the headquarters of the Ralph Lambton Hunt. Among the club’s original members were Ralph Brandling, then owner of Gosforth Park, and Robert Surtees, the father of Robert Smith Surtees, the author of Jorrocks.

The racecourse had experienced ups and downs and had almost reached its end multiple times. First, it was greatly improved with the leadership of Frank Scotto since 1977, but it was already rumored to be on the verge of closure. It survived due to the improvements, but it was again almost on its end after Scotto died. In 1999, a horrific incident in a novices’ chase occurred when three horses were killed after three riderless horses ran into the remainder of the field after running up the chase track the wrong way. The racecourse had just narrowly avoided closure for the third time that century when Northern Racing purchased it in 2001. They refurbished the Parade Ring/Winners Enclosure, upgraded the bars, eating areas, and the course’s drainage system.

It is located close to Sedgefield, County Durham, and five minutes from Junction 60 off the A1(M). It is also only twenty minutes from Teesside, Darlington, and Durham city center. It is owned by Arena Racing Company (formerly Northern Racing) and is one of the country’s friendliest racecourses. It operates 18 fixtures each year, with meetings occurring every month of the year, except June and July. It features the Durham National, a steeplechase run at an October meeting over the unusual distance of three and three-quarter miles.

Track Details

The racecourse is 50 acres of grass and hard standing, bound by a secure perimeter with gate entry points, suitable for various outdoor events. It is exclusively for National Hunt, left-handed, undulating oval, and 1m2f circumference. The steeplechase course features eight fences, with an open ditch and a plain fence the two jumps in the home straight. The course also contains a consistent climb over the back, and this provides a sharp descent in the early part of the home straight. The hurdles course consists of five evenly distributed obstacles, two of which are in the home straight prior to the winning post. The course is home to some of the longest hurdles races in the UK, with some contests for the stayers that are just a little short of three-and-a-half miles long.

The Sea Merchant Fish Shop is situated in the Grandstand & Paddock area. The Bistro 1927 opened at the beginning of 2017 in honor of Sedgefield’s 90th Anniversary. The racetrack also offers a range of rooms equipped with the latest audiovisual equipment for corporate events, including conferences, exhibitions, meetings, and seminars. Free breakout rooms are available, together with free Wi-Fi access, free parking, and even free breakfast.

History

Racing has been at Sedgefield since at least 1732, but the first recorded meetings began in 1846. In 1804, an ancestor of the Earls of Durham, Ralph Lambton, formed a club based at the Hardwick Arms, and Sedgefield became the headquarters of the Ralph Lambton Hunt. Among the club’s original members were Ralph Brandling, then owner of Gosforth Park, and Robert Surtees, the father of Robert Smith Surtees, the author of Jorrocks.

The racecourse had experienced ups and downs and had almost reached its end multiple times. First, it was greatly improved with the leadership of Frank Scotto since 1977, but it was already rumored to be on the verge of closure. It survived due to the improvements, but it was again almost on its end after Scotto died. In 1999, a horrific incident in a novices’ chase occurred when three horses were killed after three riderless horses ran into the remainder of the field after running up the chase track the wrong way. The racecourse had just narrowly avoided closure for the third time that century when Northern Racing purchased it in 2001. They refurbished the Parade Ring/Winners Enclosure, upgraded the bars, eating areas, and the course’s drainage system.

It is located close to Sedgefield, County Durham, and five minutes from Junction 60 off the A1(M). It is also only twenty minutes from Teesside, Darlington, and Durham city center. It is owned by Arena Racing Company (formerly Northern Racing) and is one of the country’s friendliest racecourses. It operates 18 fixtures each year, with meetings occurring every month of the year, except June and July. It features the Durham National, a steeplechase run at an October meeting over the unusual distance of three and three-quarter miles.

Track Details

The racecourse is 50 acres of grass and hard standing, bound by a secure perimeter with gate entry points, suitable for various outdoor events. It is exclusively for National Hunt, left-handed, undulating oval, and 1m2f circumference. The steeplechase course features eight fences, with an open ditch and a plain fence the two jumps in the home straight. The course also contains a consistent climb over the back, and this provides a sharp descent in the early part of the home straight. The hurdles course consists of five evenly distributed obstacles, two of which are in the home straight prior to the winning post. The course is home to some of the longest hurdles races in the UK, with some contests for the stayers that are just a little short of three-and-a-half miles long.

The Sea Merchant Fish Shop is situated in the Grandstand & Paddock area. The Bistro 1927 opened at the beginning of 2017 in honor of Sedgefield’s 90th Anniversary. The racetrack also offers a range of rooms equipped with the latest audiovisual equipment for corporate events, including conferences, exhibitions, meetings, and seminars. Free breakout rooms are available, together with free Wi-Fi access, free parking, and even free breakfast.

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

  • Racecourse Rd, Sedgefield, Stockton-on-Tees TS21 2HW, United Kingdom

  • Phone: +44 1740 621925

  • https://www.sedgefield-racecourse.co.uk/

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