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The Curragh Racecourse

The Curragh Racecourse is a horse-racing track in Newbridge, County Kildare, Ireland. It opened in 1868, at Curragh plain.

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

A Thoroughbred Flat with the name “Curragh” originated from the Irish language word Cuirreach which is defined as the “place of the running horse”, located on the Curragh plain in County Kildare between the towns of Newbridge and Kildare. The track was officially announced as a horse racing and training facility by parliament in 1868. However, races have already been happening on the track since the 1700s. According to the earliest Irish manuscripts, it became a meeting place of the Celtic Kings where much sporting activity, including horseracing, was held. In 1727, the first recorded place was held on the plain, while the Curragh’s first official racing occurred in 1741. Moreover, the first Derby was held in 1866. The track is also ideal for filming in which the notable movie Braveheart also filmed their multiple battle scenes on the Curragh Plains.

Reconstruction of the grandstand and racecourse facilities commenced in 2017 and finished in 2019, opening the Irish Flat season.

Track Details

The Curragh Plains extend for nearly 5,000 acres (4,870 to be exact). In which 771 acres are the Brownlands, strictly preserved by and for the Irish military. Another part is the 815 -acre chunk of meadowlands that has been assigned as “Ranger and Danger Areas”, the Bluelands. The remaining 3,284 acres are the Greenlands, in which 817 of it is managed by Turf Club, where racing takes place. It has a right-handed track, horseshoe, galloping in nature with a testing uphill finish with a two-mile distance and a one-mile chute. There are 70 miles of turf gallops, approximately 12 miles of peat gallops, and eight all-weather tracks. On the other hand, the training ground is approximately 1,500 acres.

The track also has its distinguished characteristic where it serves lively bars and restaurants that can accommodate 30,000 people, located through the racecourse enclosure. These are the Bollinger Champagne Bar and Bistro, Curragh View and Horseshoe Bars, The Horseshoe Restaurant, and the Horace Pinks and Vintage Crop West End Bars. It also provides various entertainment for children throughout the horse racing afternoons, perfect for family bonding.

History

A Thoroughbred Flat with the name “Curragh” originated from the Irish language word Cuirreach which is defined as the “place of the running horse”, located on the Curragh plain in County Kildare between the towns of Newbridge and Kildare. The track was officially announced as a horse racing and training facility by parliament in 1868. However, races have already been happening on the track since the 1700s. According to the earliest Irish manuscripts, it became a meeting place of the Celtic Kings where much sporting activity, including horseracing, was held. In 1727, the first recorded place was held on the plain, while the Curragh’s first official racing occurred in 1741. Moreover, the first Derby was held in 1866. The track is also ideal for filming in which the notable movie Braveheart also filmed their multiple battle scenes on the Curragh Plains.

Reconstruction of the grandstand and racecourse facilities commenced in 2017 and finished in 2019, opening the Irish Flat season.

Track Details

The Curragh Plains extend for nearly 5,000 acres (4,870 to be exact). In which 771 acres are the Brownlands, strictly preserved by and for the Irish military. Another part is the 815 -acre chunk of meadowlands that has been assigned as “Ranger and Danger Areas”, the Bluelands. The remaining 3,284 acres are the Greenlands, in which 817 of it is managed by Turf Club, where racing takes place. It has a right-handed track, horseshoe, galloping in nature with a testing uphill finish with a two-mile distance and a one-mile chute. There are 70 miles of turf gallops, approximately 12 miles of peat gallops, and eight all-weather tracks. On the other hand, the training ground is approximately 1,500 acres.

The track also has its distinguished characteristic where it serves lively bars and restaurants that can accommodate 30,000 people, located through the racecourse enclosure. These are the Bollinger Champagne Bar and Bistro, Curragh View and Horseshoe Bars, The Horseshoe Restaurant, and the Horace Pinks and Vintage Crop West End Bars. It also provides various entertainment for children throughout the horse racing afternoons, perfect for family bonding.

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

  • Newbridge, Co. Kildare, R56 RR67, Ireland

  • Phone: +353 45 441 205

  • https://www.curragh.ie/

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The Curragh Racecourse

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