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Bay Meadows Horseracing

Bay Meadows is a thoroughbred racing facility in San Mateo, California. The facility's size is approximately 90 acres, it has two tracks and features two racing seasons: a spring meet and a fall meet. The spring meet usually runs 55 days between April and June while the fall meet typically runs 50 days between August and November.

Bay Meadows is one of the most tradition-laden racetracks in America. It is also the longest continually operating racetrack in the Golden State.

Major races held by Bay Meadows include the El Camino Real Derby, the Bay Meadows Handicap, the Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Derby and the $125,000 California Sprint Championship.

The facilities at Bay Meadows include a one-mile oval track with 1¼-mile and ¾-mile chutes and a 7/8-mile turf course. MEC acquired the operations of Bay Meadows and leased the facility in November 2000.

Bay Meadows Facts

    Main Track Data
    • One mile oval with 1-1/4-mile and 6-furlong chutes
    • Length of stretch, 990 feet
    • Width in stretch, 85 feet
    • Backstretch, 75 feet

    Longden Turf Course
    • Oval measures 7 furlongs, 32 feet (4,625 feet)
    • Maximum width, 75 feet
    • Minimum width, 50 feet
    • Equipped with movable rail

    Stable Area Capacity
    • Stalls for 900 thoroughbreds in 5 barns

    Total Seating Capacity
    • 9,500 (Grandstand 7,400; Club House 1,000; Turf Club 1,100)

Bay Meadows Track Records

Main Track
DIST RECORD HORSE AGE JOCKEY DATE
4F 0:46 2/5 Ima Dear 2 JG. Burns Apr 2, 1935
4 1/2F 0:50.63 My Jasmine 3 N. Chaves Aug 13, 1997
5F 0:56 3/5 Rathsallah 7 A. Lopez Mar 23, 1995
5 1/2F 1:01.69 Arches Of Gold 5 V. Belvoir Nov 23, 1994
6F 1:07 1/5 Black Jack Road 6 R.D. Hansen Oct 28, 1990
7 1/2F 1:30 2/5 Lookabout 3 D. McCown Nov 26, 1936
1M 1:33 3/5+ Aristocratical* 5 F. Mena Sep 10, 1983
1 1/16M 1:38 2/5++ Hoedown's Day 5 T.M. Chapman Oct 23, 1983
1 1/8M 1:46 1/5 Super Moment 3 F. Toro Dec 13, 1980
1 3/16M 1:52 4/5 Force Of Reason 5 W.M. Winland Nov 5, 1983
1 1/4M 2:00 2/5 Ask Father 7 W. Mahoney Sep 28, 1968
1 1/2M 2:27 3/5 Cattle Creek 3 F. Olivares Dec 8, 1979
1 5/8M 2:43 1/5gd Rag King 4 T.T. Doocy Dec 15, 1990

Longden Turf Course
DIST RECORD HORSE AGE JOCKEY DATE
4 1/2F 0:50.41 Salta's Pride 4 R. Gonzalez Apr 2, 1935
7F 1:24.23 First Flyer 4 N. Chavez Aug 13, 1997
7 1/2F 1:28 4/5 Hegemony 4 D.G. McHargue Mar 23, 1995
1M 1:34 3/5 Position's Best 7 T.T. Doocy Nov 23, 1994
1 1/16M 1:40 1/5 Dreamer 5 R. Baze Oct 28, 1990
1 1/8M 1:45 2/5 Caesour 6 R. Baze Nov 26, 1936
1 3/8M 2:16 2/5 Golden Doc Ray 9 A.L. Diaz Sep 10, 1983
abt.1 3/8M 2:17 1/5 Scruples 4 E. Delahoussaye Oct 23, 1983
1 1/2M 2:31 2/5 Swiss Conviction 4 R. Warren Jr. Dec 13, 1980

Bay Meadows Major Milestones

  • The establishment of Bay Meadows by William P. Kyne in 1934 may have been the most important development in shaping the future of San Mateo, California. The tracks became one of the county's greatest attractions. Many celebrities, including entertainment personalities from the southern part of the state, came to watch the races.
  • Bay Meadows is home to the longest-running stakes event in California - the Bay MeadowsHandicap. This race was inaugurated in 1934 and was won by the legendary Seabiscuit in 1937 and 1938.
  • Another prominent racing event, the Bay Meadows Derby for 3-year-olds debuted in 1954. Its first winner was Determine, a California-bred horse who won the Kentucky Derby three weeks later.
  • Bay Meadows remained open during World War II. In fact, the track was able to generate more than $4 million for War Relief Projects.
  • Famous jockeys who have raced and called Bay Meadows home include Bill Shoemaker, John Longden, Ralph Neves and Russell Baze.


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