BADEN-BADEN RACECOURSE  
It is known that racing first took place at Iffezheim, North West of Baden-Baden in 1858, a meeting organised by the French Societe Sportive and in that same year was the first running of its principal race the Grosser Preis von Baden.

Racing ceased in 1870 when the region was threatened by the Franco-Prussian War, but after the War, and with relations with France not at an all time high, the International Club Baden-Baden took over the administration of racing and remains in place today.

  The course hosts two main meetings each year, the Spring Festival and the much grander 'Grand Week' held each Autumn. The racecourse boasts high class flat racing as well as hurdle and steeplechases.

 

 
The Grosser Preis Von Baden has been won by many famous horses in recent years, not least Carroll House and Marienbard, both of whom went on to triumph in the Arc. The inaugural running of the race was in 1858 when the local casino owner Edouard Benazet saw it as a way to boost revenue. It is run over 2400 metres and the very first winner was La Maladetta. A number of horses have gained back to back wins, the latest being Warrsan, ridden by Kerrin McEvoy and trained by Clive Brittain in 2004 and 2005. The most recent winner was Kamsin ridden by Johan Victoire.
  Other feature races include the Group 2 Grosser Preis der Badischen Unternehmen and Goldene Peitsche.

 

 
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