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Top Horse Racetracks

Updated on April 11, 2018
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Saratoga Racetrack

267 Union Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866:
267 Union Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, USA

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Thoroughbred Horse Racing

The longest-standing racetrack in America, Saratoga Racetrack allows fans to express their love and devotion to their favorite horse as they walk through the swarm of admires on their way to starting gates.

The racetrack holds the Travers Stakes, the longest running thoroughbred race in America. Saratoga is a true testing ground for the world’s most noted thoroughbreds. The track is open six weeks, starting in July through Labor Day.

Churchill Downs

Kentucky Derby Dates

Every first Saturday in May, Churchill Downs hosts the Kentucky Derby as the launching leg of the Triple Crown.

Churchill Downs has established itself through many horseracing records with great traditions that have started at this racetrack. The track is open April to July, and in November.

Belmont Park

2150 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont, NY 11003:
2150 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont, NY 11003, USA

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The Champion Track

As the final leg of the Triple Crown, Belmont Park is home of the Belmont stakes. This Long Island racetrack was established in 1905.

Nicknamed “The Champion Track” for every major champion thoroughbred has raced on this track. The track’s racing season starts in May and ends in late July. Then, the track opens up again in late September until the end of October.

Santa Anita Park


The famed racehorse known as Seabiscuit burst out at Santa Anita Park and Seabiscuit is memorialized with a life-size statue in the track’s walking ring. Easily with the backdrop of the San Gabriel Mountains, Santa Anita Park is herald as the most beautiful racetrack.

The Santa Anita Derby and the Santa Anita Handicap are the top featured races. The track invented starting gates and photo finishes. As the first racetrack in California, Santa Anita is open in January and closes in April.

Hollywood Park

Hollywood Gold Cup

Established in 1938, Hollywood is the backdrop for Hollywood Park. The initial shareholders include Chairman Jack Warner, movie stars and directors like Bing Crosby and Walt Disney.

Hollywood Gold Cup is the tracks key race, and its season starts in April and ends in July, reopening in November and closing at the end of December

Del Mar

Saratoga of the West

Located 20 miles from San Diego, Del Mar racetrack is called “Saratoga of the West.” Out of all the impressive races held at the track, Grade 1 Pacific Classic Stakes is the most popular out of the bunch.

The celebrated race between Seabiscuit and Ligaroti happened at Del Mar in 1938, with Seabiscuit victorious.

Documentary About the Race Track

Bay Meadows

San Francisco Bay

The grand racetrack is near the bustling San Francisco Bay. Bay Meadows is redolent with tradition and the love of horseracing.

The tracks all-enclosed starting gates along with the first photo finish camera were initiated here. Known as the longest continually racing thoroughbred racetrack in California, Bay Meadows was established in 1934.

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