What Are Some Prominent Racetracks for Horse Racing?

Three of the most prominent horse racing tracks in the United States are Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland, and Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. Each of these tracks hosts one race of the world-famous Triple Crown: the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes, respectively. Prominent race tracks outside the United States include the Ascot Racecourse in Ascot, England, the Meydan Racecourse in Dubai.

The Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, typically referred to as the Triple Crown, is a series of three races for three-year-old horses. Fans of horse racing consider winning the Triple Crown to be a thoroughbred racehorse's greatest accomplishment. The concept of a Triple Crown race series originated in 19th-century England. Many countries where thoroughbred racing is popular have their own Triple Crown series.

Prominent horse racing tracks now include many high-end amenities for attendees. Churchill Downs, for instance, is home to the Turf Club, a private facility that offers gourmet meals and outstanding views of the racecourse. As of October 2015, a Season Turf membership is $2,350, which includes entry to the Turf Club, track admission, parking fees and a Season Box. Similarly, Pimlico offers the Turfside Terrace, an all-inclusive package featuring a gourmet buffet, entertainment and access to private comfort stations and betting windows.