Known as Philadelphia Park Racetrack and Casino until 2010, Parx Casino and Racing is the largest casino gaming complex in Pennsylvania. The race track was opened in November 1974 under the name of Keystone Race track.
Parx is also the home of Pennsylvania's two premier thoroughbred race, the US $1 million Grade II Pennsylvania Derby and the US $500,000 Grade II Fitz Eugene Dixon Cotillion Handicap. Formerly a three day event, the Pennsylvania Derby evolved to a month long event featuring the annual Owners and Pennsylvania Day at the Races the Saturday after Labor Day, and a new US $300,000 preliminary event on Labor Day named after the 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes champion, Smarty Jones..
Parx Racetrack Information:
Saturday to Tuesday
Live Racing Calendar:
January to December
Grade II Pennsylvania Derby (last Saturday in September), Grade II Fitz Dixon Cotillion Breeders' Cup Handicap (First Saturday in October, part of "Ladies Day at Parx Racing")
Main track (
sand, clay and loam):
1 mile oval
Distance from last turn to finish line:
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