Saratoga Racecourse

Saratoga Racecourse  Located in Saratoga Springs, the Saratoga Racecourse goes way back to 1863, when the very first thoroughbred racetrack was opened. It was a meet that lasted four days and its success gave birth to the Travers Stakes the very next year. Apart from being regarded, arguably, as the third oldest horseracing track in the country, Saratoga Racecourse is widely known as the country’s oldest venue for any organized sports.

The course has three tracks. The dirt track is 1,811m long while the turf track runs for 1mile. The inner turf is 1,408m long. The Racecourse hosts Grade I, II and III races as well as ungraded and steeplechase races. Major stakes races held at the Saratoga Racecourse include the Travers Stakes, the Alabama Stakes, the Hopeful Stakes and the Whitney Handicap, which is a qualifier for the Breeders’ Cup Classic. The racing season begins in July and runs until September. 

Only the best have the courage to compete at the historic grounds of the Saratoga Racecourse and this forms part of the story behind its nickname. The racecourse earned its name ?he Graveyard of Champions” when an unlikely horse defeated the then Triple Crown winner in 1930. This was again repeated in 2015 when the TC winner, American Pharaoh, lost at the Travers Stakes.

The racecourse has also featured in scenes in a number of movies including Saratoga, Ghost Story, Seabiscuit, Billy Bathgate, The Horse Whisperer and My Old Man. Authors like Ian Fleming, Stephen Dobyns and Edna Ferber have also etched the beauty of the
racecourse into their words.

Thinking of spending time at the Clubhouse this season? Point to note: stick to the proper dress code. Nothing short, whether it is tops or bottoms. Same applies to the Luxury Suites and the Box Seats. No jeans either at the Box Seats.

Meydan Racecourse

Meydan Racecourse  Meydan Racecourse is a top-notch horse racing facility tied to the expansive Meydan Hotel. The racecourse in Dubai, UAE, was opened on 27 March 2010. It was opened to replace the Al Sheba course which stood on the same site. The sprawling complex includes a gallery, horseracing museum as well as the 5-star Meydan Hotel. The racetrack can hold a maximum capacity of over 60,000 spectators, placing it right up there with the best racing tracks in the world.

The racecourse cost a mind boggling $1.25 billion to construct and has a five-star hotel as well as the Maydan Marina, two racetracks as well as a Grandstand used for spectacular viewing during race meetings and entertaining guests all through the year.

The track has a 2,400m left-handed turf with a left-handed 8.75-furlong dirt. The track hosts race meetings that attract lots of fans from November to March. The most popular race is Dubai Cup Night, which is known to be the world’s richest race event- the prize money well over US$26.25 million. It also hosts other races such as the Dubai Carnival & Winter Challenge.

The awe-inspiring complex has a lot more to offer than horseracing and offers conference services and hospitality services when the racing calendar is yet to commence. The Meydan is one of the mega real estate projects known to be closely tied to Rashid Al Maktoum. The venue has hosted a lot of famous music artists such as Lady Gaga, Kylie Minogue, Elton John, Sia and Janet Jackson. The hotel section has established itself as one of the finest places to stay for holiday makers looking to have some fun in the sand. The Meydan as surpassed a lot of the top racecourses and is known across the world for its sheer size, taste and grandeur. It is a fine place to spend time in.

Flemington Park

Flemington Park  The Del Mar racecourse is one of America’s best thoroughbred horse tracks. It is located in Del Mar city in California, roughly 32 kilometres from San Diego. The race track, being a world-class thoroughbred racing destination, has welcomed many top athletes in the industry as well as California’s partygoers during summer. It was opened in July 1937 by Bing Crosby, and is the property of the State of California. It is operated by Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. The facility was built as a result of a partnership between Bing Crosby, Gary Cooper, Oliver Hardy and many others. Boasting a carrying capacity of roughly 44000 people, it has been ranked the second biggest racing venue in the US.

The most notable races that take place there include Del Mar Oaks, Crosby Stakes, Hirsch Stakes, Del Mar Debutante, Del Mar Futurity, Pacific Classic and the Eddie Read Stakes. Usually, the racing season runs from late July all through to early September, then begins again in November. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, races usually begin at 2pm, while on Fridays, they begin at 4:00 p.m. However, it remains closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. The annually held Pacific Classic starts at 1:00 p.m.

In 1946, the first Crosby Stakes took place in Del Mar. Since then, the track has been the best venue for summer racing in the Western edge of America. It was renovated in the 90s, where the grandstand was pulled down and replaced. In 2000, the club hired a model called Chantal Sutherland to fly the flag of Del Mar, attracting more visitors. The 2018 summer season takes place from the 18th of July to 3rd September, with gates opening at 12 noon. The Bing Crosby season will take place from 9th November to 2nd December

Unlike some other tracks, Del Mar boasts an aura of excitement when it comes to horse riding, its sophistication and fashion. This has attracted many visitors from all over the world over the years.