Fort Erie is the proud host of the second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown and a highly respected thoroughbred venue located in 230 Catherine Street, Fort Erie, Ontario. Over its century-long history, it has showcased many of Canada's greatest champions, earning an important spot in the hearts of horse racing enthusiasts locally and abroad. It first opened its doors on June 16th, 1897, with the backing of the Fort Erie Jockey Club.

The owners of Oaklawn Park racetrack in Arkansas, the Cella family, moved on to purchase the site and owned it until 1952 when it was acquired by the thoroughbred breeding expert E.P. Taylor, who in turn brought about many changes and renovations to the Fort Erie park. He is responsible for creating the Canadian Triple Crown circuit of top thoroughbred racing, as well as the Prince of Wales Stakes.

In recent times, the Fort Erie racetrack has gone through some difficulties, including the temporary closing it suffered on 2012 due to new restrictions that impeded the operation of slot machines within the racetrack's venue. After a new funding deal was reached the following year, Fort Erie was allowed to reopen and has remained in activity ever since. If's racing season begins in May and extends throughout the Summer meet.

As of 2014, Fort Erie racetrack was purchased by a group of horse racing entrepreneurs that include Joel Castle, Joe Mosey, and Carl Paladino. The track features a main sandy loam soil track, with an inner turf of about seven furlongs.

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Fort Erie Racetrack Facts:

  • Racecourse type: Canadian Thoroughbred (sandy loam & turf)
  • Purse: varies.
  • Venue capacity: 4000 seating.
  • Track length: 1-mile sandy loam track & seven-furlong inner turf
  • Important Records: Northern Dance begun his successful racing career with his maiden win at Fort Erie on August 2nd, 1963, amassing $2100 CAN during the season.