The history of Horse racing in the United States dates back to 1665, with the establishment of the New market course in New York. New York’s colonial governor, Richard Nicolls supervised the first racing meet in North America. Today, the area is now occupied by the present Nassau County, New York. The sport remains famous throughout the United States of America.
In the year 1890, there existed 314 tracks operating in the United States of America; and in 1894, the American Jockey Club was set up.
Contemporary arranged Endurance racing started in California in about 1955, and the debut race marked the start of the Tevis Cup. It was a one-hundred-mile, a-day-long ride. Founded in 1972, the American Endurance Ride Conference was the countries first national endurance horse riding association.
In 1674, the first quarter-mile length races were recorded in Henrico County, Virginia. Each race contained only two horses and they raced down the lanes and village streets. The Quarter Horse races received its name due to the race length. The races spread around 400 meters, and can be bet on using BoyleSports.
Some of the Major racetracks in the country include: Freehold Raceway in Freehold, New Jersey, Fair Grounds in New Orleans, Louisiana, Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York, Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland, Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, New Jersey, Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, Aqueduct Racetrack in the Queens, New York neighborhood of Ozone Park, Yonkers Raceway in the New York City suburb of Yonkers, New York, Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas, Belmont Park in Elmont, New York, just outside New York City on Long Island, Fairmount Park Racetrack in the St. Louis suburb of Collinsville, Illinois, Hialeah Park Race Track in Hialeah, Florida, near Miami, Arlington Park in the Chicago suburb of Arlington Heights, Illinois, Santa Anita Park in the San Gabriel Valley community of Arcadia, California, near Los Angeles, Suffolk Downs Race Track in the Boston, Massachusetts neighborhood of East Boston, Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky, Del Mar Racetrack in the San Diego suburb of Del Mar, California, Delaware Park in Wilmington, Delaware, Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Florida.
Fair Grounds Race Course, also known as New Orleans Fair Grounds, is a thoroughbred racetrack in New Orleans. It is run by Churchill Downs Louisiana Horseracing Company.
The horse race track consists of a one-mile, about 1.6 km dirt track and a 7-furlong turf oval. Unlike many other dirt horse racecourses in North America, the race track has no runways. In addition to the clubhouse and grandstand, an adjacent building, previously used for radio and television casting, opened in 2007 as a provisional slot-machine gaming base. In 2008, the new slot-machine base opened for full operation.
In a regular year, the following takes which are graded are run at Fair Grounds, the most reputable of which is the Louisiana Derby. The race is a key preparatory race for the main Kentucky Derby.
The Fair Grounds is also the same location as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, held yearly three-day and four weekends –many times the last weekend in the month of April and the first weekend in the month of May.