Central Asia Pari-mutuel: Greyhound and Horse RacingSunday Mar 09th, 2014
The two major locations for horse racing in Central Asia are India and Turkey.
Racing in India is a legacy of the British Raj. Working hard at running the Empire the British always found time for sport and with keeping in tradition they created excellent infrastructures which remain to this day. There are five regional racing authorities in India: Kolkota, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad .
The Royal Calcutta Turf Club operates racing in Kolkota from 1st May to 30th April. They have one racecourse, 43 fixtures, a total of 304 flat races and over 2100 runners. The major race festivals are New Year’s Day and Derby Day, Jan 8th. Like all courses in India there are on and off site betting with both Totalizator and Bookmakers. In Mumbai the racing season lasts from July to April and there are two tracks with over 70 flat fixtures, 561 races and over 5800 runners. Total betting turnover for the year was Tote Rs. 819,639,000 Bookmakers 309,400,000
Horse racing is the social need for modern societies – K Ataturk
Today races in Turkey are organised in 6 race courses countrywide; these are Istanbul "Veliefendi", Yzmir "?irinyer", Bursa "Osmangazi", Ankara "75.yyl", Adana "Yesiloba" and Sanlyurfa racecourses. The Jockey Club of Turkey is also making contributions to Turkish thoroughbred breeding with its "Jockey Club Stud" in Izmit
The main racecourse in Istanbul is the Veliefendi Racecourse which is established on 596.000 square meters. It has both a turf track of 2020 metres in length and between 27-36 meters wide and a dirt track of 1870 meters long and 17.5-19 meters wide . The racing season is from 1/1 to 31/12, with a total of 7 courses, 364 flat race fixture with 2763 races.
All of the racecourses in Turkey are equipped with the latest technology & computer network systems and some 1700 Off Track Betting Shops (OTB) started service all around Turkey with the latest technology betting systems. Agreements with the State's TV channel TRT were also made for live broadcasting on every race day (7 days a week), all around Turkey. These broadcasts can also be watched internationally.