3001 Street RoadBensalem, Pennsylvania 19020
Racing Dates: 1/1/15 - 12/29/15Address:
3001 Street Road, Bensalem, PA 19020 Parx Racing Race Track
– Host of Pennsylvania's biggest thoroughbred horse races
Sitting just a half-hour drive north of downtown Philadelphia, Parx Racing Track
hosts year-round thoroughbred horse racing, including Pennsylvania's biggest races. Horses take to the track here Saturday-Tuesday and occasionally on Fridays. Offering a $1 million purse in recent years, the Grade II Pennsylvania Derby runs on the last Saturday of September, with the 1 1/4-mile race attracting top three-year-olds and big crowds. The Grade I Fitz Eugene Dixon Cotillion Handicap takes place the first Saturday of October, offering a $500,000 purse for the top finishers in this 8 1/2-furlong race.
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Parx Racing Race Track History
Parx Racing Race Track
originally opened as Keystone Racetrack in November 1974. After purchasing the venue in 1984, ITB renamed it Philadelphia Park, installed a turf track, and incorporated its Phonebet horse race betting system, which allowed players to call in their wagers over the phone. Greenwood Racing, Inc. then bought the track in December 1990 and added six Turf Clubs around the Philadelphia area offering off-track horse race betting every day of the week.
Greenwood partnered with Penn National Gaming, Inc. in 1998 with the goal of expanding into New Jersey. Although the venture turned out unsuccessful next door, it did bring a casino to Philadelphia Park at the end of 2006. Housed temporarily on site, the casino opened in its own building on December 18, 2009. The facility received its new name, Parx Racing Race Track
, in August 2010.
A number of notable horses, including Spectacular Bid, My Juliet, and Summer Squall, have found the winner's circle over the course of Parx Racing Race Track's history. The track also served as the original home of Smarty Jones, winner of the 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness.
Parx Racing Track Details
The 1-mile, 80-foot-wide oval at Parx Racing Track
features a surface of sand, clay, and loam and chutes for race lengths of 7 furlong and 1 1/4 miles. The turf course measures 7 furlongs and contains a 1 1/8-mile chute. Parx provides 1,400 stalls for horses. In addition to horse race betting at the track, visitors can enjoy gaming on 3,300 slot machines and a range of electronic table games in the casino.