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Woodbine Racetrack

Woodbine Racetrack is a horse-racing track in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It opened in 1874, at Rexdale Boulevard.

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 original location of the track was east Toronto, at Queen Street East and Kingston Road, from 1874 through 1993. In 1951, it was operated by the Ontario Jockey Club (OJC) (currently called Woodbine Entertainment Group) and held the prestigious King’s Plate. In 1952, the new location of the racetrack was at 555 Rexdale Boulevard Toronto, Ontario M9W 5L2, at Highway 27 east of the Toronto airport. The “super track” building commenced in 1955, with a plan designed for a 40,000 capacity for spectators, gigantic parking space, three racecourses, two training tracks, stable for 1,000 horses, and rooms for 700 employees.

It was opened on June 12, 1956, the first thoroughbred race on the track. Primarily called the New Woodbine Racetrack. The word “New” was eradicated in 1963. The original track was converted to a combined thoroughbred and standardbred track known as Old Woodbine or Greenwood Raceway (during standardbred meets) and Greenwood Race Track (during thoroughbred meets). However, in 1994, the two thoroughbreds and two standardbred meets conducted at Greenwood were transferred to the new Woodbine. In the same year, the first harness race was held at the track on January 1.

Track Details

The outermost E. P. Taylor turf course for thoroughbreds is 1.5 miles (2.4 km) long, with a chute allowing races of 1.125 miles (1.811 km) to be run around one turn. It is irregularly shaped, the clubhouse turn departing from the traditional North American oval, and the backstretch is from 2.5 feet (76 cm) to 3 feet (91 cm) higher than the homestretch.

Inside the Polytrack course is an oval Standardbred racecourse seven-eighths of a mile in circumference, made of crushed limestone. The total seating capacity is 13,000, while the stables can accommodate 2,175 stalls. In 2000, slot machines were established, with over 2,000 slots machines operated by Ontario Lottery and Gaming.

History

The original location of the track was east Toronto, at Queen Street East and Kingston Road, from 1874 through 1993. In 1951, it was operated by the Ontario Jockey Club (OJC) (currently called Woodbine Entertainment Group) and held the prestigious King’s Plate. In 1952, the new location of the racetrack was at 555 Rexdale Boulevard Toronto, Ontario M9W 5L2, at Highway 27 east of the Toronto airport. The “super track” building commenced in 1955, with a plan designed for a 40,000 capacity for spectators, gigantic parking space, three racecourses, two training tracks, stable for 1,000 horses, and rooms for 700 employees.

It was opened on June 12, 1956, the first thoroughbred race on the track. Primarily called the New Woodbine Racetrack. The word “New” was eradicated in 1963. The original track was converted to a combined thoroughbred and standardbred track known as Old Woodbine or Greenwood Raceway (during standardbred meets) and Greenwood Race Track (during thoroughbred meets). However, in 1994, the two thoroughbreds and two standardbred meets conducted at Greenwood were transferred to the new Woodbine. In the same year, the first harness race was held at the track on January 1.

Track Details

The outermost E. P. Taylor turf course for thoroughbreds is 1.5 miles (2.4 km) long, with a chute allowing races of 1.125 miles (1.811 km) to be run around one turn. It is irregularly shaped, the clubhouse turn departing from the traditional North American oval, and the backstretch is from 2.5 feet (76 cm) to 3 feet (91 cm) higher than the homestretch.

Inside the Polytrack course is an oval Standardbred racecourse seven-eighths of a mile in circumference, made of crushed limestone. The total seating capacity is 13,000, while the stables can accommodate 2,175 stalls. In 2000, slot machines were established, with over 2,000 slots machines operated by Ontario Lottery and Gaming.

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

  • 555 Rexdale Boulevard, Toronto, ON, Canada M9W 5L2

  • Phone: +1 416-675-3993

  • https://woodbine.com/

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