Famous Race Tracks

Churcill Downs Race Track Churchill Downs is an iconic American racecourse famous for hosting the prestigious Kentucky Derby annually. Named after John and Henry Churchill the track was officially opened in 1875 and held the first Derby in the same year.Located in Louisville, Kentucky, the track covers 147 (0.59 km2) and can accommodate up to 50,000 people. At the start of the 21st century it underwent a three-and-a-half year, $121 million redevelopment with 79 luxury suites being added, and the historic twin spires refurbished.
Belmont Park Race Track Belmont Park is one of the most famous US racetracks. Located in the outskirts of New York City, the horse-racing facility was opened in 1905, and is the host of Belmont Stakes, the last Triple Crown event. Belmont is also called “The Championship Track” because every famous horse since the early 20th century has graced the track with his presence including each of the eleven Triple Crown champions. The Belmont Park grandstand was opened in 1968 and remains the largest in Thoroughbred racing with the total attendance capacity more than 100,000. 
Aintree Racecourse Aintree Racecourse, opened in 1829 is the home of Grand National, one of the most challenging races in the world. The annual steeplechase event attracts enormous interest not only from racing enthusiasts, but also from people who don’t normally watch or bet on horse racing. With 16 steeplechase fences spread across the racecourse, drama and excitement are always guaranteed. Some notorious obstacles such as The Chair, Valentine’s Brook, Foinavon, Canal Turn and Becher’s Brook are every Jockey’s nightmare. Unfortunately, due to the stringent racing conditions, Aintree is often witness to accidents, and even equine fatalities.
Ascot Racecourse Ascot Racecourse is one of the busiest racecourses in Britain hosting 9 of the UK’s 32 annual Group 1 races. It stages 26 days of racing over the course of the year, and important jump racing during the winter period. The most prestigious race is King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes held in July. Ascot is always associated with royal family due to its proximity to the Windsor Castle. It was founded in 1711 by Queen Anne and underwent a massive renovation between 2004 and 2006. Royal Ascot attracts more than 300,000 people annually, thus being Europe’s best-attended race meeting.
Chester Racecourse Chester Racecourse is officially the oldest racecourse still in use in UK. It is also the smallest racecourse of importance in England at 1.8km long. The Chester racecourse traces its origins back to the sixteenth century. The racecourse site is known for a famous medieval football match. The game was so violent it prompted city authorities to ban and replace it in 1539 with horse racing. Chester hosts several notable races including Cheshire Oaks, Chester Cup and Huxley Stakes. Its position in the city makes racing meetings very popular as it is close to all the hotels, bars and restaurants.