Chester sends congratulations to oldest horseracing track in USA.

Posted on 11th August 2013

Chester, home to the oldest horseracing course in the UK, has sent congratulations across the Atlantic to Saratoga Springs in New York State to mark the 150th anniversary of the oldest racetrack in the USA.

Lucinda Dutton, from Chester Racecourse, Kay Kent, from the University of Chester, and Ellie Morris, from Cheshire West and Chester Council, are pictured with one of the framed prints and citation.
Lucinda Dutton, from Chester Racecourse, Kay Kent, from the University of Chester, and Ellie Morris, from Cheshire West and Chester Council, are pictured with one of the framed prints and citation.

Two limited edition prints of racing scenes in Chester, plus a specially prepared citation, have been sent to Saratoga for a presentation event later in August, when the city’s mayor and representatives of the Saratoga 150 organising committee will accept them on behalf of the racetrack.

The link between the two cities has been made by Kay Kent, Director of Strategic Projects at the University of Chester, who is a racing enthusiast and Chair of the Cheshire Racing Hub, a project funded by the British Horseracing Authority to develop links between education and racing in Cheshire and the North West.

Kay visited Saratoga Springs last autumn and was given a tour of the racecourse and its historic buildings.  While she was there, she heard about the preparations for Saratoga 150 and its high profile anniversary meeting in July and August this year.

“The people of Saratoga Springs are justifiably proud of having the oldest racetrack in the USA in their city and it seemed very appropriate that we should send greetings from the oldest racecourse in the UK,” said Kay.

“I put the idea to Chester Racecourse and Cheshire West and Cheshire Council, both partners in the Cheshire Racing Hub, and it was agreed that we should send gifts on behalf of the City to mark this special occasion. Chester Racecourse will celebrate 475 years of racing in 2014, and it looks likely that there will be racing enthusiasts from Saratoga coming over to Chester to join in our own anniversary.”

The prints sent to Saratoga are from originals commissioned by the Racecourse to mark the construction of the new racing stables on the main racecourse site and the closure of the original stables in Linenhall Street.

“We are hoping to develop these initial links with Saratoga Racecourse and to bring the two cities, both of which have a strong racing history , closer together”, said Kay.