|Date closed||2019 (remain for horse training)|
|Race type||Thoroughbred flat racing|
The Hippodrome de Maisons-Laffitte at 1 avenue de la Pelouse in the northwestern Parisian suburb of Maisons-Laffitte in France was a turf horse racing facility and track for Thoroughbred flat racing. Opened in 1878 by Joseph Oller, inventor of the pari-mutuel machine, it sits on 92 hectares that belonged to the wealthy banker Jacques Laffitte.
The nearby Château de Maisons-Laffitte is home to The Museum of the Racehorse.
In November 2018 France Galop announced that the racecourse would close at the end of 2019 due to financial pressures on the organisation. The final meeting was held on 29th October 2019.Despite the efforts of local government officials there are no plans to re-open the track and the racing surface has been allowed fall into disrepair.
The racecourse layout was unique as it was one of the few courses in the world that staged both left- and right-handed races. It also featured a 2,000-metre straight track, one of the longest in Europe and three different winning posts.
From early March through to the end of November, the major annual Conditions races at Hippodrome de Maisons-Laffitte were:
The ParisLongchamp Racecourse is a 57 hectare horse-racing facility located on the Route des Tribunes in the Bois de Boulogne in Paris, France. It is used for flat racing and is noted for its variety of interlaced tracks and a famous hill that provides a real challenge to competing thoroughbreds. It has several racetracks varying from 1,000 to 4,000 metres in length with 46 different starting posts. The course is home to more than half of the group one races held in France, and has a capacity of 50,000. The highlight of the calendar is the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. Held on the first weekend in October, the event attracts the best horses from around the world.
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Taboun was a French Thoroughbred racehorse and sire, best known for winning the classic 2000 Guineas in 1959. As a two-year-old in 1958, Taboun won the Prix Robert Papin and finished second in the Coventry Stakes and the Prix Morny. In the following spring the colt won the Prix Djebel and the 2000 Guineas but failed to win again and finished unplaced in his last three races. He was retired to stud where he made little impact before dying at the age of six.
Prestige was an undefeated French Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. He was the dominant two-year-old in France in 1905, winning all seven of his races including the Omnium de Deux Ans, Prix de Deux Ans, Critérium de Maisons-Laffitte, Grand Critérium and Prix de la Forêt. His opportunities in the following year were limited as his entries in many of the major French races were voided by the death of his breeder, but won all nine of his starts including the Prix Eugène Adam, Prix d'Hédouville and Prix Biennal. He retired with a perfect record of sixteen wins from sixteen starts. He later became a successful sire of winners.
Maxios is a British-bred Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. He showed great promise as a juvenile in 2010 when he was unbeaten in two races including the Group 3 Prix Thomas Bryon but in the following year he failed to win or place in four starts. In 2012 he showed improvement, winning two minor races in spring and then taking La Coupe de Maisons-Laffitte in September. He reached his peak as a five-year-old in 2013 when he won the Prix d'Harcourt and went on to record Group 1 victories in the Prix d'Ispahan and the Prix du Moulin. At the end of the year he was retired from racing to become a breeding stallion in Germany.