Wednesday, December 28, 2016

İSTANBUL VELİEFENDİ RACE COURSE

Veliefendi, Zeytinburnu - İstanbul - Turkey

GPS : 40°58'58.3"N 28°53'15.3"E / 40.982872, 28.887588

Veliefendi Race Course / Zeytinburnu - Istanbul photo veliefendi_hipodrom107.jpg

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Veliefendi Race Course (Turkish: Veliefendi Hipodromu) is a horse racing track located at Veliefendi neighborhood in Zeytinburnu district of Istanbul. It is country's oldest and biggest race course founded on a former grassland that was historically a farm belonging to Şeyhülislam Veliyüddin Efendi, an 18th century superior authority of Islam in the Ottoman Empire. The race course was constructed in the years 1912 - 13 by German specialists upon the initiative of Enver Pasha.

Istanbul Veliefendi Racecourse is established on 596.000 square meters land. It has one 2020 meters long , 27-36 meters wide turf, and one 1870 m long, 17.5-19 m. wide synthetic (Polytrack) tracks. At the inmost of the tracks, It has also a sand training track 1720 m in length and 14-16 m in width.

Inside the racecourse area there are Club and associations locals, administrative buildings, racehorse hospital, apprentice training center, gift shop, museum and exhibition place, two Grand stands and a giant led - screen of 102 m2, a picnic area with 110 tables, 1 play garden, various cafeterias and a car park.

Physical attributes

The race course covers an area of 59.6 ha (147 acres) consisting of facilities for racing, training and barns. The race course has three interleaved tracks as :
a 2,020 m (2,210 yd) long and 27-36 m (89-118 ft) wide turf oval,
a 1,870 m (2,050 yd) long and 17.5-19 m (57-62 ft) wide synthetic track (Polytrack) for all-weather racing and
a 1,730 m (1,890 yd) long and 16-17 m (52-56 ft) wide sand oval for training.

The track's seating capacity is 7,600. Inside the racecourse area there are Club and associations locals, administrative buildings, racehorse hospital, apprentice training center, gift shop, museum and exhibition place, two Grand stands and a giant led - screen of 102 m2, a picnic area with 110 tables, 1 play garden, various cafeterias and a car park.

Major races

Gazi Race (Gazi Koşusu), is the most prestigious Turkish Oaks, and is held since 1927 in memory of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, who was awarded the honorific title "Gazi" (Ghazi). Initially run in Ankara, the event was later transferred to Veliefendi Race Course. Since 1970 is accompanied with a silver equestrian statue of Atatürk.

Prime Minister's Race (Başbaşkanlık Koşusu) is a Turkish Oaks held since 1951. A trophy bestowed by the Turkish prime minister.

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