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The Raceway at Western Fair District

The Raceway at Western Fair District is a horse-racing track in London, Ontario, Canada. It opened in 1961, at Rectory Street.

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 harness racing track for standardbreds located at the 900 King St, London, Ontario, Canada, owned and operated by Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited, opened in 1961. They run races three to four times a week, from October through May, with simulcast racing available year-round, which broadcasts races from all over North America. There is also Off-track betting situated at the Oarhouse Sports Bar in London, approximately a 15-minute drive from Western Fair.

Track Details

It features a half-mile track. The grandstand’s central use is for live racing and outdoor concert events. The area is 5,000 sq. ft. with clearances of 15’ high point / 11’ 4” low point, having a seating capacity of 4,000 while 934 seats are on track. The parking space is located at the main entrance, and then another space is at the south of Florence St. that is accessible by an enclosed walkway from the Sports Centre. The track also offers a buffet, entertainment, full-service dining, an HPIBET location, and a licensed bar. Moreover, Multiple meeting & event spaces are also available. There is also Gateway Casino London with 750 slots and electronic games.

History

A harness racing track for standardbreds located at the 900 King St, London, Ontario, Canada, owned and operated by Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited, opened in 1961. They run races three to four times a week, from October through May, with simulcast racing available year-round, which broadcasts races from all over North America. There is also Off-track betting situated at the Oarhouse Sports Bar in London, approximately a 15-minute drive from Western Fair.

Track Details

It features a half-mile track. The grandstand’s central use is for live racing and outdoor concert events. The area is 5,000 sq. ft. with clearances of 15’ high point / 11’ 4” low point, having a seating capacity of 4,000 while 934 seats are on track. The parking space is located at the main entrance, and then another space is at the south of Florence St. that is accessible by an enclosed walkway from the Sports Centre. The track also offers a buffet, entertainment, full-service dining, an HPIBET location, and a licensed bar. Moreover, Multiple meeting & event spaces are also available. There is also Gateway Casino London with 750 slots and electronic games

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

  • 316 Rectory St, London, ON N5W 3V9, Canada

  • Phone: +1 519-438-7203

  • https://www.westernfairdistrict.com/western-fair-district-london-ontario

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