Horse racing being one of the most popular spectator sports in the US, there are countless horse racing tracks to be found all over the country. Yet there is a handful that the general public would consider to be the best. Here are the 5 top horse racing tracks in America today.
Undoubtedly one of the best, if not the best, horse racing tracks in the country today. Located on Central Avenue in south Louisville, Kentucky, this horse racing track is most well known for being the annual host of the Kentucky Derby. It officially opened in 1875. This was the same year that the Kentucky Derby was first held. Aside from the popular Kentucky Derby, the Breeders’ Cup has been held at Churchill Downs six times already, the most recent one being in 2006.
Located in Elmont, New York in Nassau County on Long Island, this thoroughbred racing facility features a main track a mile and half long. It is in fact the longest dirt track in thoroughbred racing. First opened in May 4, 1905, Belmont Park is known all over the world as the home of the Belmont Stakes which is the third leg of the Triple Crown.
Located in Inglewood, California, this race course was opened in 1938 by the Hollywood Turf Club. It was also host to the first Breeders’ Cup in 1984. There is a one and one-eighth mile dirt track and a one mile turf track. Ten thousand people can be seated at a single time.
Another track in California, Santa Anita offers some of the most prominent races during autumn and winter. This track went into operation in 1934 and is a proud host to the Santa Anita Derby and the Santa Anita Handicap. It has a one mile dirt track with an inside turf track measuring 9/10s of a mile. It also has a unique hillside turf course which crosses the dirt, one of the few in existence in the US.
Located in Saratoga Springs, New York, this race course opened in 1863. A year later, a tradition was started with the first Travers Stakes. This race course has earned two monikers over the decades – The Spa and The Graveyard of Favorites, the latter due to the large number of upsets that have occurred here. There are three different tracks at Saratoga.