10. Santa Anita:
The Santa Anita ground is located in Arcadia in the United States of America. It is one of the most beautiful tracks in the world, having California’s San Gabriel Mountains as its backdrop. The track has witnessed a record nine Breeder’s Cups. The ground is the first one to start the use of electronic gates and timers and finish line cameras used for the racing.
Aintree was opened in 1829 and is located in Liverpool in the United Kingdom. It is one of the world’s most challenging steeplechase racecourse, located in the Merseyside parish of Aintree. It has witnessed the 1928 Grand National which saw 42 horses starting the race but only two reaching the finishing end.
Flemington was opened in 1840 in Melbourne in Australia. The racetrack is pear shaped and home for the Melbourne Cup. It has the capacity to accommodate more than 120,000 fans. Flemington has hosted 13 G1 races ranging from 1,000 meters to the 3,200 meters. It is one of the most popular race tracks in the world, attracting people from all around the world.
7. Tokyo Racecourse:
As the name says, the race course is located in Fuchu in the Tokyo city of Japan. It has one of the largest video screens in the world and the capacity to accommodate 223,000 fans. It is home to eight different Grade I stakes having five different grass course, a dirt track and a jump course.
Saratoga is located in the Saratoga Springs and was opened in 1863. It is safe to say that the race course has survived two World Wars, spells of horrible reputation and anti-gambling legislation. The race course has witnessed Man O’ Wars only defeat in his career and also seen some famous horses lose there.
Meydan is one of the recently built race courses as it was opened in 2010. Being newly built, it possesses a five-star hotel, racing museum, restaurants and corporate suites inside the race course, helping businessmen comfortably settle and stay as per their requirements. It has hosted the famous Dubai World Cup.
4. Epsom Downs:
It is one of the oldest racecourses in the world, opened in 1661. It is located in Epsom in the United Kingdom. It has hosted the famous ‘Derby’, Britain’s healthiest horse race and the most famous of five British Classic Races. It can fill around 120,000 fans along with a £23.5 million stand that can accommodate 11,000 spectators.
Longchamp is a 140-acre race course located in Paris in France. It has held some famous races including the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, recognised as Europe’s most prestigious race. It has held races ranging from 1,000 to 4,000 meters. Currently, it is renovating and replacing two of its grandstands with one grandstand for increased visibility of the track.
Ascot is located in the United Kingdom and is home to nine of Britain’s 32 GI races. It was opened in 1711 and has hosted some royal events like the Gold Cup, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. The Royal Ascot race week has been attended by members of the British Royal Family along with 300,000 people every year.
1. Churchill Downs:
Churchill Downs is located in Louisville in the United States. It hosts the most exciting races in the sport including the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Oaks. The race course has hosted the Breeder’s Cup on eight occasions. It had a record attendance of more than 170,000 people in the Kentucky Derby in 2015.