Parx Racing is located at 3001 Street Road in Bensalem, PA, three miles west of exit 37 on Interstate 95 and one mile east from US Route 1 and exit 351 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. It is approximately 30 minutes north of center city Philadelphia and 40 minutes from Philadelphia International Airport. Click here for directions.
2013 LIVE RACING SEASON: January 1 – December 31
Post Times: 12:25 PM
Gates open: at 11:00 AM
gates open (special event days): at 10:00 AM PA Derby, KY Derby, Preakness, Belmont, Breeders Cup etc.
|main track||1 Mile oval with 7 furlong and 1 & 1/4 mile chutes. Surface: sand, clay and loam|
|length of stretch||974 feet from last turn to finish. To first Turn, 313 feet.|
|width of track||80 feet|
|turf course||7 furlongs with a 1 1/8 mile chute|
|number of stalls||1,400|
Parx Racing, formally Philadelphia Park, was known as Keystone Racetrack from its opening day on November 4, 1974 until International Thoroughbred Breeders (ITB) purchased the Bensalem Oval on December 28, 1984 for approximately $40,000,000. changing the name and look of the Bensalem Oval.
During the ITB reign, many major improvements took place, including the construction of a turf course, the development of the Phonebet system, and a live television show, developed to help bettors enjoy the daily racing card from Parx Racing. The show, “Philadelphia Park Live” was shown over local cable stations in the area.
Philadelphia Park changed hands again in December of 1990 with Greenwood Racing, Inc. taking control of the reins. Headed by British gaming entrepreneurs Robert Green and William Hogwood, Greenwood Racing acquired the package of a racetrack facility, the Phonebet system, and the rights to the future development of up to six off-track betting sites in the Philadelphia area for a sum exceeding $67 million.
In 2004, a small Chestnut Colt, born in Chester County, PA 3 years earlier, won the heart of the nation when he won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. Smarty Jones brought world-wide attention to the Bensalem Racetrack and became instrumental in the passing of the long awaited Slots Bill. On July 4th, 2004, PA Governor Ed Rendell signed the bill into law in the Winner’s Circle of Philadelphia Park.
The Casino was temporarily located on the first and third floors of the racetrack and opened on December 18, 2006. The standalone Casino opened on December 18, 2009 to rave reviews.
Parx Racing is the perfect venue for your next outing and the perfect match for any occasion. Whether it is for a private party, birthday, corporate function, or Picnic Grove gathering, guests can have their choice of outdoor gatherings in the Picnic Grove or indoor gatherings in the grandstand.
Outdoor groups have the options of reserving pavilions, picnic tables with umbrellas or incorporating tents and rentals. Indoor groups can utilize the Pennsylvania Derby Room.
Call 215-639-9000 ext. 3402 with any questions or for more information.