Top 10 Largest Horse Racing Venues by Capacity

Top 10 Largest Horse Racing Venues by Capacity

Horse racing is considered one of the classiest sports competitions in the world. It is one of the most ancient sports in the world, and its basic premise, which is to judge which horse and jockey combination is the fastest in the race, has remained unchanged so far, even though there are various formats of the equestrian sport, including restricting races to particular breeds, obstacle races, running over various distances or on different track surfaces, etc. Horse racing venues also differ. They may be of turf, synthetic or dirt surface. Let us take a look at the Top 10 Largest Horse Racing Venues by Capacity.

Top 10 Largest Horse Racing Venues by Capacity

10. Belmont Park

Top 10 Largest Horse Racing Venues by Capacity

Top 10 Largest Horse Racing Venues in the World

The Belmont Park Racecourse is located at Elmont, New York in the United States. The racecourse currently has a 90,000 seating capacity for its visitors and equestrian fans, and is inducted in the tenth place in our list of top 10 largest horse racing venues by capacity. Belmont Park Racecourse was inaugurated for public way back on 4th May 1905. The race course presently has a flat- thoroughbred course configuration, and is currently owned by the New York Racing Association. There are several major equestrian races are organized at the Belmont Park which includes events like Belmont Stakes, Jockey Club Gold Cup, Manhattan Handicap, Metropolitan Handicap, Champagne Stakes, Suburban Handicap, Vosburgh Stakes and Beldame Stakes.

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9. Pimlico Race Course

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The Pimlico Race Course is located at Baltimore in the United States. The racecourse currently has a 98,983 seating capacity for its visitors and equestrian fans, and is inducted in the ninth place in our list of top 10 largest horse racing venues by capacity. Pimlico Race Course was inaugurated for public way back in 1870. The race course presently has a flat racing course configuration, and is currently owned by the Stronach Group. There are several major notable equestrian races are organized at the Pimlico Race Course which includes events like Preakness Stakes (gr.1), Black-Eyed Susan Stakes, Dixie Stakes (gr.2) and Pimlico Special Handicap.

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8. Hipódromo de San Isidro

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The Hipódromo de San Isidro Racecourse is located at San Isidro, Buenos Aires in Argentina. The racecourse currently has a 100,000 seating capacity for its visitors and equestrian fans, and is inducted in the eighth place in our list of top 10 largest horse racing venues by capacity. Hipódromo de San Isidro Racecourse was inaugurated for public way back on 8th December 1935. The race course presently has a flat- thoroughbred course configuration, and is currently owned by the Jockey Club. There are several major equestrian races are organized at the Hipódromo de San Isidro which includes events like GP Internacional Carlos Pellegrini (Arg-G1), GP Internacional Felix de Alzaga Inzue (Arg-G1), GP Internacional J. S. de Anchorena (Arg-G1) and Gran Premio Jockey Club (Arg-G1).

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7. Kyoto Racecourse

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The Kyoto Racecourse is located at Kyoto in Japan. The racecourse currently has a 120,000 seating capacity for its visitors and equestrian fans, and is inducted in the seventh place in our list of top 10 largest horse racing venues by capacity. Kyoto Racecourse was inaugurated for public way back on 1st December 1925. The race course presently has a flat and steeplechase course configuration, and is currently owned by the Japan Racing Association. There are several major equestrian races are organized at the Kyoto Racecourse which includes events like Kikuka Sho, Tenno Sho (Spring), Shuka Sho, Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup and Mile Championship.

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6. Churchill Downs

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Top 10 Biggest Horse Racing Venues by Capacity

The Churchill Downs Racecourse is located at Louisville, Kentucky in the United States. The racecourse currently has a 165,000 seating capacity for its visitors and equestrian fans, and is inducted in the sixth place in our list of top 10 largest horse racing venues by capacity. Churchill Downs Racecourse was inaugurated for public way back in 1875. The race course presently has a flat and steeplechase course configuration, and is currently owned by the Churchill Downs Inc. There are several major equestrian races are organized at the Churchill Downs which includes events like the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks, Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, Stephen Foster Handicap and Clark Handicap.

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5. Epsom Downs

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Top 10 Biggest Horse Racing Venues in the World

The Epsom Downs is located at Epsom in United Kingdom. The racecourse currently has a 120,000 seating capacity for its visitors and equestrian fans, and is inducted in the fifth place in our list of top 10 largest horse racing venues by capacity. Epsom Downs was inaugurated for public way back in 1661 (the first recorded horse racing event at this venue). The race course presently has a flat and steeplechase course configuration, and is currently owned by the Jockey Club Racecourses. There are several major equestrian races are organized at the Epsom Downs which includes events like Epsom Derby, Epsom Oaks and Coronation Cup.

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4. Flemington Racecourse

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10 Best Horse Racing Venues by Capacity

The Flemington Racecourse is located at Melbourne in Australia. The racecourse currently has a 130,000 seating capacity for its visitors and equestrian fans, and is inducted in the fourth place in our list of top 10 largest horse racing venues by capacity. Flemington Racecourse was inaugurated for public way back in 1840. The race course presently has a flat, jumps and steeplechase course configuration, and is currently owned by the Victoria Racing Club. There are several major equestrian races are organized at the Flemington Racecourse which includes events like the Melbourne Cup, Victoria Derby, LKS Mackinnon Stakes, Emirates Stakes, Newmarket Handicap and Australian Cup.

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3. Hanshin Racecourse

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The Hanshin Racecourse is located at Hyogo in Japan. The racecourse currently has a 139,877 seating capacity for its visitors and equestrian fans, and is inducted in the third place in our list of top 10 largest horse racing venues by capacity. Hanshin Racecourse was inaugurated for public way back in 1949. The race course presently has a thoroughbred – flat racing course configuration, and is currently owned by the Japan Racing Association. There are several major notable equestrian races are organized at the Hanshin Racecourse which includes events like Takarazuka Kinen, Japan Cup Dirt, Oka Sho and Hanshin Juvenile Fillies.

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2. Nakayama Racecourse

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The Nakayama Racecourse is located at Chiba in Japan. The racecourse currently has a 165,676 seating capacity for its visitors and equestrian fans, and is inducted in the second place in our list of top 10 largest horse racing venues by capacity. Nakayama Racecourse was inaugurated for public way back in 1907. The race course presently has a flat and steeplechase course configuration, and is currently owned by the Japan Racing Association. There are several major equestrian races are organized at the Nakayama Racecourse which includes events like Arima Kinen (Grand Prix), Satsuki Sho, Nakayama Grand Jump, Sprinters Stakes, Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes and Nakayama Daishogai.

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1. Tokyo Racecourse

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The Tokyo Racecourse is located in Tokyo, Japan. The racecourse currently has a 223,000 seating capacity for its visitors and equestrian fans, and is inducted in the top place in our list of top 10 largest horse racing venues by capacity. Tokyo Racecourse was inaugurated for public way back in 1993. The race course presently has a flat and steeplechase course configuration, and is currently owned by the Japan Racing Association. There are several major equestrian races are organized at the Tokyo Racecourse which includes events like Japan Cup, Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby), Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks), Yasuda Kinen and Tenno Sho (Autumn).

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Depending on the surface area, horses are trained accordingly. Horse racing venues are built to accommodate large number of people, as they are very popular, especially among people belonging to the elite class. Horse racing is also popular among gamblers.