Nine of the Most Famous Horse Racing Tracks Around the World

If you are an enthusiastic horseracing fan, there are many great horseracing tracks that you should visit at some point in your life. Some of these tracks are classic tracks with an abundance of history to be had while other tracks are popular for their energy and their ambience. If you are a big fan, you should add these tracks to you list of must visits.

  1. San Anita Park– This California race track is set against the backdrop of the San Gabriel Mountains and is well known for it’s beauty and it’s aesthetics. The racetrack has also been noted for it’s beautiful structure and it’s capacity to hold a lot of fans and still maintain easy access in and out of the park. Even on a slow night, the park still gets enough visitors to make it feel alive and hopping.
  2. Del Mar Racetrack – This race track is a stone’s throw away from the Pacific Ocean and the opening song at the beginning of the race is “When the Surf meets the Turf”. This classic racetrack features a horserace six days a week. If you go on opening day, you can see all the ladies who make an effort to dress up for the big event.churchheader
  3. Churchill Downs– The racetrack that is home to the Kentucky Derby is one of the most famous racetracks in the world. The track is set right in the middle of the Louisville neighborhoods and has a modern, friendly vibe to it. There’s also a Kentucky Derby museum to check out with lots of fun memorabilia.
  4. Belmont Park– Belmont Park is one of the most famous parks, known for being home to the Belmont stakes. The Belmont stakes is the third leg of the Triple Crown. The racetrack, which is in Long Island, New York opened in 1905. It also used to be used for aviation purposes and is often coined the “Championship Track”, because almost every champion thoroughbred horse has competed on this track at one point or another.
  5.  hollywood-park-aerialHollywood Park– Set in Los Angeles, California, the original shareholders of this track included Jack Warner and very famous movie stars of the day such as Bing Crosby and Walt Disney. One of the most famous races at this track is the “Hollywood Gold Cup”.
  6. Saratoga Racetrack- The track located in Saratoga Springs, New York is the old horseracing track in the United States. One of the most infamous races held at this track is the “Travers Stakes” which is the oldest race in the United States.  It has been coined the “Graveyard of Champions” for testing some of the world’s greatest champion horses. This is one of the only tracks in the word where fans are able to come close to the horses as they walk from the paddock to their respective races.
  7. Ascot– On the other side of the ocean, Ascot is one of the most famous British horse racing tracks. It has been accepted as the top flat racing horse track in Britain and is steeped in history, as it one of the oldest tracks still in operation today. In 1711, Ascot had its first recorded meeting with Queen Anne. It is also home to the richest race in the country, the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes.
  8. Meydan Racecourse– This course is located in Dubai and is home to the Dubai World Cup. The track has plenty of private viewing options including 72 suites which can hold anywhere from ten to 500 people on five different Meydan-Racecourse-Dubailevels. One of the coolest features of this racetrack is the Sky Bubble, one of the distinct landmark features of the stadium- that offers 360-degree views of the Dubai skyline.
  9. Pimlico Race Course– Located in Baltimore, Maryland, Pimlico is one of the oldest courses in America. It is home to some very famous horses such as Seabiscuit and the Secretariat. Having these legendary names associated with the track has made it one of the most popular destinations among horse racing fans. One of the neatest features of Pimlico is the Turfside Terrace, which offers an up close viewing experience of the last stretch and the finish line.
Growing up in Louisville, it was hard for me to escape all things horse racing. With a father who made it his yearly tradition to go out and bet on the Kentucky Derby and his weekly tradition to sip on some honey and bourbon, play the guitar and talk about all of the horse races happening throughout the year with his drinking buddies, I grew up with the talk of horse racing in my blood. This tradition and culture has followed me in to my thirties.