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Racetracks of the world on Google Maps.

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  • Racetracks of the world on Google Maps.

    So I was looking up the addresses on Google maps of some relatives of mine that are scattered around the globe. I was surprised to find out that one of them lives real close to a major racecourse. So I got inquisitive and starting dragging my way back and forth across the earth to see if i could some of the world's major racetracks.

    Here's a few that I found. It's cool too look at them from above. You can double click on the map to zoom in.

    Churchill Downs, home of the Derby.

    Saratoga, if you drag the map just north or south there are two other tracks, I imagine one is the Oklahoma training track, what's the other?

    Arlington Park, just north of Chicago.

    Belmont, the don't call it Big Sandy for nothing.

    Newmarket , the spiritual home of racing. Massive course. The buildings in the centre are the stands on the Rowley Mile course, the smaller buildings lower down are the stands on the July course. Both courses are L-shaped and share the first straight mile stretch.

    Sha Tin , Hong Kong's crown jewel.

    San Siro in Milan, the large square looking stadium just south of the racecourse is the famous San Siro football stadium where AC Milan and Inter play.

    Ascot the home of the Royal meet. This satellite picture was obviously taken a couple of years ago when Ascot was undergoing major renovations. The brown strip to to the east is the straight Mile course.

    Glorious Goodwood sits in a bucolic setting in the Sussex Downs. Shape of the course is somewhat unusual. For long distance races like the Goodwood Cup, they start in front of the stands gallop out lefthanded and go around the loop and finish the race in the opposite direction they started on.

    Epsom, home of the Derby.

    Leopardstown, on the southside of Dublin, used to have a sprint chute that extended from the bottom of the stretch, but the motorway took part of that away.

    Google maps doesn't have good maps for rural Ireland, so can't really show the Curragh.

    Longchamp, right in middle of the Bois du Bologne in the centre of Paris. Perhaps the most beautiful racecourse in the world, though hard to really appreciate from an aerial view.
    Auteuil, also in Paris and ground zero for French jump racing, has a figure-of-8 shaped course. Just to show how close Longchamp/Auteuil are, not much more than a mile or so apart.

    Windsor, another figure-of-8 shaped course, close to Windsor Castle.

    Cheltenham, the Mecca for jump racing worldwide.

    Aintree, home of the Grand National, the large loop that extends off to the East is the National course, the 90 turn in the top right corner is the Canal turn.

    Flemington, home to the "race that stops a nation", the Melbourne Cup.

    Moonee Valley, somewhat unusually shaped course, like a rectangle, where some of Australia's biggest races, including the Cox Plate, are held.

    Santa Anita, with the hillside Turf course prominently displayed.

    Hollywood Park, SA's close neighbour in Inglewood

    Del Mar, surf and turf, drag the map to the west to see the Pacific ocean.

    Aqueduct, with it's three courses, inner and outer dirt and turf.

    Keenland in Lexington

    Tokyo Racecourse, home of the Japan Cup among others, an American oval style but with the 12f Turf on the outside, a dirt track inside that and an inner turf for jump racing (you can actually see the jumps on the course).

    Nad al Sheba, the home of the world's richest race, the Dubai World Cup, a triangular shaped track with a 6f sprint chute.

    Woodbine , in Toronto, the big sweeping EP Taylor turf course outside of the Polytrack oval.

    San Isidro, Argentina's premier track, has both Sand and Turf courses.

    Gavea, just outside of Rio de Janiero, Brasil's premier track.

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    Canterbury Park in Minnesota, the first place I ever saw a horse race

    Cannon Valley Fairgrounds- where I used to go watch a friend do some amateur harness racing

    The Red Mile- I've gotten to work horses on that track only because they convert the stretch in front of the grandstand into a show ring once a year for the Lexington Junior League Show

    Minnesota State Fairgrounds- they don't race horses there any more, but that grandstand is known as "The House that Dan Built", it was built for all the people that wanted to come see Dan Patch pace


    • #3
      Great work digging this detail up - thanks for the hard work in getting the addresses punched in, et al!

      Originally posted by Drvmb1ggl3 View Post
      Saratoga, if you drag the map just north or south there are two other tracks, I imagine one is the Oklahoma training track, what's the other?
      To the south is the former 106-acre home of the Whitney family Greentree stable's track which was acquired by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum in Jan 2007 from Bob McNair’s Stonerside Stable farm for nearly $17.5-million. As you can see horses can easily be stabled and trained then walked over to Spa for the racing - if it wasn't for the NYRA rules on the detention barn stay first before running The Yaddo art colony is to the immediate right of that stable facility.

      Hawthorne Race Course in the Chicago suburb of Cicero; with the former neighboring Sportsman's Park race track to the north which was converted into a car-racing oval in the last decade.
      Last edited by Glimmerglass; Dec. 2, 2007, 06:50 PM. Reason: removed Suffolk Downs - bad link and Barnfairy captured it just fine!


      • #4
        What an awesome thread! Really shows the difference (well, one of the biggest differences) between European TB racing and American TB racing.

        Forgive me for correcting, but this is Suffolk Downs, unmistakable with its gas tank farm out front. (Saratoga is coming up for me in your link, Glimmer.)

        Rockingham Park Salem, NH currently a harness track

        The (now defunct) bullring at the Tri County Fairgrounds Northampton, MA
        Last edited by Barnfairy; Dec. 2, 2007, 06:16 PM.


        • #5
          These are so cool! Thanks for sharing the fruit of your labors!


          • #6
            Tapeta Farm on Maryland's Eastern Shore the current (for a little while longer) home of Michael Dickinson.

            "Old Hilltop" - Pimlico - Baltimore, MD

            Laurel Race Track - Laurel, MD


            • #7
              Finger Lakes Race Track (see middle of page at left) - you'll need to zoom in a bit more to get detail

              It looks like some form of training track just to the southeast of the main track.


              • #8
                And for those of us with leanings toward Timber racing, here's the Maryland Hunt Cup Course. Map should be centered on the (in)famous third fence.

                * What you release is what you teach * Don't be distracted by unwanted behavior* Whoever waits the longest is the teacher. Van Hargis


                • #9
                  Aiken, SC - Aiken Training Track; to the west is a private track that used to be part of the late F. Ambrose Clark's estate (Kellsboro) - later owned for a time by Pete Bostwick. I'm not sure what that small track is used for although it looks to be a polo pitch in the middle of it.


                  • Original Poster

                    La Zarzuela, in Madrid. A first glance it looks like a run of the mill oval (except the Turf is outside the Dirt), but if you look closer you'll see a chute for straight 6f races that goes to the north. Now if you zoom in on the chute you'll see that it passes over a major highway!!

                    Ok, fixed the link... thanks for the heads up Glimmer!
                    Last edited by Drvmb1ggl3; Dec. 3, 2007, 11:27 AM.


                    • #11
                      The non-US tracks definitely show more imagination in design.
                      Starts with an 'S,' ends with a 'T.' You figure it out.

                      "Houston, Tranquility Base here, picking up where we left off ..."


                      • Original Poster

                        Then there's this one.
                        Wait, you say... that's a lake, not a racecourse!
                        Well, it is a racecourse in the wintertime!
                        Last edited by Drvmb1ggl3; Dec. 3, 2007, 11:29 AM.


                        • #13
                          Drvmb1ggl3, I think you're experiencing the same problem I had with populating a new address into just the google map address section - it doesn't change the URL. So your postings keep repeating the Laurel, MD address

                          Barnfairy pointed the same out problem with my posting when I used Saratoga as the template and tried to redirect the East Boston track.


                          • #14
                            I love seeing some of these foreign tracks!
                            Don't fall for a girl who fell for a horse just to be number two in her world... ~EFO


                            • Original Poster

                              Maison-Laffite, just outside Paris on the banks of the Seine, has the longest straight in the world along with Newmarket in England, and can run races up to 1¼m with no turns (imagine the Kentucky Derby in a straight line). They also card races in both directions there, they have three different finish lines depending on where they start and what direction they are going in.


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Glimmerglass View Post
                                To the south is the former 106-acre home of the Whitney family Greentree stable's track which was acquired by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum in Jan 2007 from Bob McNair’s Stonerside Stable farm for nearly $17.5-million.
                                I wondered whether one of the other tracks might be the harness track at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway--would that be kinda west and south of SAR?
                                Your future is created by what you do today, not tomorrow.


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Windsor1 View Post
                                  I wondered whether one of the other tracks might be the harness track at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway--would that be kinda west and south of SAR?
                                  The harness track isn't too far away, but is not as immediately next door as the former Greentree stables are. Union Avenue divides the Saratoga race track from the Oklahoma training track. No public road divides Greentree from the Saratoga track; I-81 ("Northway") is the major highway beside the Greentree track.


                                  • #18
                                    In case anyone thinks that DelMar is the track closest to saltwater in the US - I do think Golden Gate Field's in San Fran might win the nod.


                                    • #19
                                      Turf Paradise in Phoenix, AZ

                                      Monmouth Park Race Track - Oceanport, NJ - as we can see the Pacfici Ocean is vastly closer to DelMar, then the Atlantic is to 'Oceanport'

                                      Atlantic City Race Course (Mays Landing) - NJ

                                      Still there like a ghost, the unused but oh so once glorious Hialeah Race Track in FL; the green in the middle of the track is the flamingo lake.


                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Windsor1 View Post
                                        I wondered whether one of the other tracks might be the harness track at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway--would that be kinda west and south of SAR?

                                        With luck, the map is now centered on Saratoga Harness. Just above and to the left is the harness training track.
                                        * What you release is what you teach * Don't be distracted by unwanted behavior* Whoever waits the longest is the teacher. Van Hargis