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Parx Racing

Parx Racing is a horse-racing track in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, United States. It opened in 1974, at Bensalem Township in Bucks County.

History of Parx Racing

1974 – It was originally named Keystone Racetrack and opened on November 4, 1974, in Bensalem, Pennsylvania. It replaced the Liberty Bell Park Racetrack in Northeast Philadelphia as the area’s Thoroughbred track.

1984 – The racetrack was renamed Philadelphia Park when ITB purchased it and added a new turf course. It is the first racetrack also in the country to have an innovative new way to wager called Phonebet.

1987 to 2006  The Pennsylvania State Fair was held at the racetrack annually from.

1990 – Parx racing was again sold to another company called Greenwood Racing, Inc on December 1990. Another feature was added: full card simulcasting and the six off-track locations called Turf Clubs. 

2002  The track hosted the Claiming Crown of Horse racing.

2006 – The racetrack was allowed to construct a casino on September 27, 2006. Final approval of a permanent license came on December 20, 2006, and the following day the casino opened. Bally’s was chosen as the casino management system. 

2009 – The name of the casino, “Parx”, a modified spelling of the racetrack name, was unveiled following a fireworks display on July 4, 2009. 

2010 – On August 30, 2010, it was officially called Parx Racing and Casino.

2017 – Parx hosted the fourth annual Jockeys and Jeans fundraiser for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.

2018 – The poker room opened on January 11, while the Xcite Center opened on January 13. 

Track Details and Other Facilities

Track Details

  • 🐎Main Track
    • One mile(1.6 km) dirt oval with 7f and 1-1/4 mile chutes and a 974-foot long stretch 80 feet wide.
  • 🐎Turf Course
    • A 7-furlong (1.408 km) turf oval with a 1 1/8 mile chute.
  • 🐎Other Racetrack Details
    • The whole track measures 417 acres.
    • The Backstretch houses 1,400 horses.

Other Facilities

  • 🐎Dining and Entertainment
    • Foodies
    • BurgerVana
    • Bambu Noodle House
    • Parxgrill
    • Liberty Bell Gastropub
    • Oliveto
    • Xlounge
    • Chickie’s & Pete’s
    • Club 360
    • Jax
    • Liberty Bell Beer Garden
    • Paddock Grill (at Parx East)
    • Circle Bar (at Parx East)
  • 🐎Xcite Center
    • It is an event center. 
    • It hosts concerts, entertainment performances, comedy acts, boxing, and MMA matches.
    • All shows only allow audiences who are 21 or older.
    • It has an area of 30,000 square feet (2,800 m2
    • The seats are over 1,500 people.
  • 🐎Casino
    • It has 3,200 slot machines.
    • It has 188 live table games.
    • The poker room has 48 poker tables.

Race Schedule and Major Events & Races

Parx Racing Race Schedule

  • 🐎Live Racing Schedule
    • It hosts year round live racing.
    • Hosts Pennsylvania Derby on the last Saturday of September.
    • Hosts Cotillion Stakes on Pennsylvania Derby Day)

Notable Live Racing Events for three-year-olds

      • 🐴G1 Cotillion 
      • 🐴G2 Pennsylvania Derby 
      • 🐴G3 Turf Monster 
      • 🐴G3 Greenwood Cup

Graded Stakes Races

  • Grade I
      • 🐴Pennsylvania Derby
      • 🐴Cotillion Stakes
  • Grade II
      • 🐴Gallant Bob Stakes

Other Stakes Races

      • 🐴Ambassador of Luck Handicap
      • 🐴Captain My Captain Handicap
      • 🐴Devil’s Honor Handicap
      • 🐴Mr. Jenney Handicap
      • 🐴Mrs. Penny Stakes
      • 🐴Northern Fling Handicap
      • 🐴Parx Dash Stakes
      • 🐴Peppy Addy Stakes
      • 🐴PTHA President’s Cup
      • 🐴Turf Amazon Handicap
      • 🐴My Juliet Stakes
      • 🐴Jostle Stakes

Location and Access to the Racecourse

  • It is located in Bensalem Township in Bucks County, northeast of Philadelphia, 15 miles from Philadelphia, and minutes off of I‑95, PA Turnpike, and US‑1.


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