Located in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, the Atlanta Speedway is one of the larger horse racing tracks in North America. The track is open every year and currently offers daily afternoon phone bets and daily online bets. The site is committed to offering its customers the best possible betting experience while maintaining a safe and fair environment for everyone involved.
History Of The Track
The track opened in 1968 and was originally known as the Lenox Raceway. It was built by a group of local businessmen who hoped to attract both local and out-of-state customers to their newly established track. They invested over $2.5 million in the construction of the track and hoped to gain a steady return on their investment.
Unfortunately, their plan didn’t work out as they had hoped. Most of the horses that were raced at the track were already owned by local residents and the track’s proximity to the Lenox airport made it difficult for outside customers to travel there. The track eventually closed down in 1972.
In 1982, the track was bought by a group of investors from Indiana who renamed it the Atlanta Raceway. The track then underwent a massive renovation that lasted for three years and cost the group over $5 million. When the track reopened, it featured a new deck, grandstands, and stalls.
The Track Today
Located approximately 30 miles southeast of the District of Columbia, the Atlanta Speedway certainly isn’t your average racetrack. Featuring an oval layout and a 70,000-square-foot glass and concrete main grandstand, the track is flanked by a 20,000-seat grandstand, a 20,000-seat clubhouse, and a 10,000-seat indoor turf clubhouse. The track’s website touts the venue as home to some of the most famous horses in history, including Secretariat, Affection, and Cigar. Unfortunately, the site doesn’t list any open horse races as of the moment.
On the subject of open races, the Atlanta Speedway does host one of the most competitive horse races in the country. The Grade 3 $400,000 Swapsie Stakes (named after the track’s mascot) is the track’s premier event and pits seven older horses against each other in a race that determines the season’s best performer. The Swapsie is a great opportunity for both professional and amateur riders to show off their skills and it gets pretty competitive. In fact, the last eight Swapsie winners have gone on to win the Kentucky Derby and/or the Preakness Stakes. The race can be viewed from both the main grandstand and the 20,000-seat clubhouse. Early bird specials are available for the Swapsie Stakes and the track’s website lists other interesting events that take place there throughout the year. The track also hosts the Chickasaw Memorial, a 1 1/4-mile sprint for 3-year-olds, and The Jokers Wild Handicap, a 1-mile turf race for 3-year-olds that are entered directly by the public.
Sports And Entertainment At The Track
In addition to horse racing, the Atlanta Speedway also hosts a variety of other sporting events and live entertainment. On any given day, customers can attend a football game, listen to a musical performance, or catch a boxing match. In fact, the track’s website lists numerous activities that take place there throughout the year. In addition to sporting events, the site also advertises various concerts, comedy shows, and other entertainment events that take place there. With so much happening at one place, it’s ideal for sports fans and entertainment seekers alike.
Betting At The Track
As a horseracing venue, the Atlanta Speedway does not officially offer internet or telephone betting, but it does allow patrons to place bets on the daily activities and upcoming events. As one of the larger tracks in North America, the site features several betting options and has one of the more unique odds structures in the industry. Daily afternoon phone bets and daily online bets are available, as is live in-track betting. For more information, interested parties can call 1-800-447-9297 or visit the track website at www.atlantspeedway.com.