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Vaal Racecourse

Vaal Racecourse is a horse-racing track in south of Johannesburg, South Africa. It opened in 1946, at the heart of the Vaal Triangle.

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 in 1944 when Vaal Racecourse had its original license. However, proceedings were ceased due to objections related to inadequate controls from the Jockey Club of South Africa. It was only in February 1946 when the racecourse was successfully registered, and the Vaal Racing Club was founded shortly after. It is situated in the heart of the Vaal Triangle, south of Johannesburg in South Africa, owned by Phumelela Gaming and Leisure, Ltd (they are responsible for racing in the Free State, Northern Cape, Eastern Cape, and Gauteng).

The track is the longest in the country and home to the 750,000-rand Grand Heritage. It is also known for its friendly atmosphere and slightly more countrified.

Track Details

The running direction of the track is counterclockwise. The sand track measures 2 800 meters oval and 1 000 meters straight course. Beyond the 1 000 meters clockwise around the turn with a 1 000meter run-in. The Turf track is 3,000 meters in circumference oval and 1 600 meters straight course. Beyond 1 600 meters clockwise around the turn with a 1 000 meter run-in.

Aside from horse racing, it also hosts conference and events venues, with six venues offering seating between 50 and 360 guests.

History

It was in 1944 when Vaal Racecourse had its original license. However, proceedings were ceased due to objections related to inadequate controls from the Jockey Club of South Africa. It was only in February 1946 when the racecourse was successfully registered, and the Vaal Racing Club was founded shortly after. It is situated in the heart of the Vaal Triangle, south of Johannesburg in South Africa, owned by Phumelela Gaming and Leisure, Ltd (they are responsible for racing in the Free State, Northern Cape, Eastern Cape, and Gauteng).

The track is the longest in the country and home to the 750,000-rand Grand Heritage. It is also known for its friendly atmosphere and slightly more countrified.

Track Details

The running direction of the track is counterclockwise. The sand track measures 2 800 meters oval and 1 000 meters straight course. Beyond the 1 000 meters clockwise around the turn with a 1 000meter run-in. The Turf track is 3,000 meters in circumference oval and 1 600 meters straight course. Beyond 1 600 meters clockwise around the turn with a 1,000 meter run-in.

Aside from horse racing, it also hosts conference and events venues, with six venues offering seating between 50 and 360 guests.

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

  • Vaal Racecourse, South Africa

  • Phone: +27 16 457 6000

  • http://phumelela.com/Horseracing/Racecourses/Vaal

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Vaal Racecourse

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