Pennsylvania Race Tracks
Horse racing in the state of Pennsylvania dates back to the late 1700s/early 1800s, but it was banned throughout the state in 1820. The sport was eventually legalized again, allowing for bettors and novice fans alike to enjoy a day at the track. Horse racing is one of the great past-times along the East Coast and Pennsylvania offers some of the most exciting races each year. The Philadelphia region of the state is steeped in horse racing history, with many locally trained horses making names for themselves.
Horse Racing Tracks in Pennsylvania
As a leader in Eastern US racing, Pennsylvania is home to a number of thoroughbred and harness racing tracks located throughout the state, that offer the chance to wager on live racing almost every day of the year.
Penn National Race Course is located in Grantville, Pennsylvania, just 17 miles east of Harrisburg. The track opened in August of 1972 and it offers thoroughbred racing 52 weeks out of the year.
Parx Racing is located in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, just minutes from Philadelphia. It opened in 1974. There are two major races held here each year for $1 million and $500,000 purses.
The Presque Isle Downs is located in Summit Township (Erie County), Pennsylvania. The track opened in 2007 and features three main races annually. It is a synthetic racetrack.