As a horse racing fan, you remember the thrill in 2015 when American Pharoah won the first Triple Crown in 37 years. Can you imagine how much more thrilling it was for the 90,000 spectators at Belmont Park racecourse who saw the victory with their own eyes?
No doubt you love attending races at your home track. But have you had the chance to visit any of the world’s most famous horse racing tracks in person?
Here are four amazing Thoroughbred racetracks you have to visit at least once in your life.
1. Churchill Downs
Where else would we start our list than with the home of the “Run for the Roses?” An average of 160,000 people turn up for the Kentucky Derby every year, and it’s not hard to see why!
Churchill Downs in beautiful Lousiville, Kentucky, is home to America’s oldest continuously run sporting event. The Derby has been held every May since 1875, but that’s not the only reason to visit this famous racetrack. It’s a must for every racing fan to get a photo under the twin spires with a cool mint julep in hand.
Bonus: Like this post from ticketsonsale.com explains, there are plenty of amazing things to do in Louisville after the races finish for the day.
2. Santa Anita Park
Also called the “Great Race Place,” many fans consider Santa Anita to be the world’s most beautiful racecourse. It’s well worth a visit to Arcadia, California to see this track beneath the shadow of the San Gabriel mountains.
Santa Anita hosts a number of Grade I Stakes races that draw horses from around the globe. At the end of the day, you’ll enjoy strolling through the unique 626 Night Market or enjoying a cool drink in the opulent clubhouse.
3. Saratoga Racecourse
Belmont Park gets more glory because of its association with the Triple Crown, but New York’s prettiest racetrack lies in Saratoga. Visitors love its laid-back, “country fair” atmosphere and rich history — it opened all the way back in 1863!
Your best bet is to visit in August for the festivals that center around the Travers Stakes. Don’t forget to save a day to visit the National Museum of Racing too.
4. Gulfstream Park
Just because it’s getting colder outside doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to your favorite sport. Instead, hop a plane to Florida and catch the races at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach.
This luxurious facility boasts a casino, shopping complex, hundreds of palm trees, and — of course — plenty of great racing action. The main season runs from December through March when the northern tracks are closed, so pack your flip-flops and come on down!
Put These Horse Racing Tracks on Your Bucket List
We all love to watch horse racing on a big screen TV, but nothing can replace the thrill of watching a live race. If you haven’t visited these amazing horse racing tracks, it’s time to start planning your next vacation!
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