Iconic American Horse Racecourses

| March 1, 2019
The American Triple Crown is one of the most celebrated sporting events in the world

Organized horse racing started in the United States in 1868. Since those salad days of the sport, horse racing has become one of the biggest events across the nation. The American Triple Crown is one of the most watched and followed sporting event of the year in the U.S. Comprising the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes, the Triple Crown is a racing feat that has been won by just 13 horses. Horse race fans can find Triple Crown information on https://williamcode.co.uk before the big race days. While all three racecourses that host Triple Crown events are gorgeous, they are not the only landmark tracks in the U.S.

Americans love horse racing and there are some iconic horse racecourses in the lower 48 states. Which should be on your bucket list to visit? Let’s take a look at the most iconic.

1. Churchill Downs

The Kentucky Derby is run at the iconic Churchill Downs racecourse, Louisville Kentucky

Located in south Louisville, Kentucky, Churchill Downs is home to the Kentucky Derby. The Run for the Roses is the highlight of the American horse racing season with the event taking place every May. This year’s event takes place May 4thand these are the race horses to follow in 2019 for the event.

Churchill Downs opened in 1875, but thanks to extensive work done on the racecourse over the years, it has a modern atmosphere for race goers. The track is also home to the Churchill Downs Museum. It is definitely worth visiting as it recounts the history of the racecourse.

2. Del Mar

Del Mar racecourse is located in California

Del Mar combines gorgeous sea breezes with thoroughbred horse racing excitement. Situated in Del Mar, California near the Pacific Ocean coast, the racecourse hosts events throughout the year. 

Opened in 1937, Del Marhas a long history in the sport with its most famous race being the Pacific Classic. The venue and Pacific Classic race set an American record in 1991 when it offered a $1 million prize. At the time, the prize fund was exceptional for a big race.

3. Saratoga Racecourse

Saratoga is a scenic racetrack in New York

Saratoga is the fourth oldest horse racing track in the U.S. Opened in 1863, Saratoga can hold 50,000 spectators on race days. 

Located in Saratoga, New York, the racecourse has not only attracted famous race horses like Secretariat, but it has attracted celebrities to watch them gallop. Saratoga is such a renowned track that it was used as a setting in the James Bond Diamonds are Forevernovel.

4. Arlington Park

Arlington Park is located in Chicago and hosts the Arlington Million, a Grade 1 race on turf.

It is claimed by American horse racing aficionados that Illinois’ Arlington Park has the most beautiful grandstand of all the racetracks in the country. Of course, lovers of Churchill Downs grandstand and dual spires will disagree.

Arlington Park is located in Chicago’s suburbs allowing citizens to flock to the track to see top-notch horses compete. Chicago has long loved its horse racing, and at one time, boasted more racetracks than any other major city. 

5. Belmont Park

Belmont Park hosts the third leg of the Triple Crown in New York

Belmont Park is the home to the Belmont Stakes,which is the third leg of the Triple Crown. The racetrack sees its largest crowds every June when the race takes place. It accommodates 50,000 race goers with ease as many fans turn out to see if the Triple Crown will be awarded to the race winner.

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