Located up north in the Bensalem, Pennsylvania area, is the Parx Casino and Racing venue, formerly known as Philadelphia Park Racetrack and Casino. It opened in 1974 under the name Keystone Racetrack.

Some of the main events held at the Parx Race Track include the annual September Pennsylvania Derby featuring a $1 million purse. Parx Racing and Casino is also home to two of Pennsylvania's prime Thoroughbred races: the US $1 million Grade II Pennsylvania Derby and the US $500,000 Grade I Fitz Eugene Dixon Cotillion Handicap. The Pennsylvania Derby first became a three-day festival that took up all of Labor Day weekend, ending with the Derby, but then evolved into a month-long affair featuring the "Owners and Pennsylvania Day at the Races" held annually, the Saturday after Labor Day, and the new “Smarty Jones” preliminary event on Labor Day, worth US $300,000.

The Cotillion, run since Pennsylvania Thoroughbred racing began in 1969, is held as part of a fundraiser for breast cancer; it features the "Parx Racing Ladies Day at the Races" event, run by female jockeys.

In addition to thoroughbred racing, Parx Casino and Racing also features full-card simulcast betting, and boasts the largest gaming facility in the state of Pennsylvania. The casino offers slots, live table games and a sizeable poker room.

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Philadelphia Park Racetrack Facts:

  • Racecourse type: American Thoroughbred (sand, foam & clay)
  • Location: Bensalem, Pennsylvania
  • Purse: $1 million
  • Venue capacity: N/A
  • Track length: one-mile oval, 7 furlongs and 1 ¼ mile chutes. Homestretch is 974 ft x 80 ft.
  • Important track records: Four-year-old Bayern is the reigning Pennsylvania Derby champion.