Beijing Jockey Club
Beijing Jockey Club (BJC), located in the TongZhou District of Beijing and covering an area of 1.6 square kilometres, was one of the largest international standard horse-racing clubs in Asia. In 2001, with the approval of the state government, the club embarked on thorougbred racing as a major business. The club bred over 2,000 thoroughbred horses. However, the TongZhou (Tongshun) racecourse was shut down on 23 October 2005. In the following month, over 600 horses were destroyed. The reason for the closure and the cull appears to have been loss of revenue, following the decision of the Chinese government not to allow gambling on horseracing. The club had previously operated a Tote system in 2003, apparently supported by the local government, but this had to be suspended in the 2004-05 season, following the government decision. The club now appears to be shut down.
The club has three racetracks which meet international standards:
- turf track A: 2298 m
- turf track B: 2050 m
- dirt track S: 1850 m.
- "Archived page". Beijing Jockey Club. Archived from the original on 2005-03-13. Retrieved 2009-06-12.
- Godfrey, Nicholas (22 November 2005). "Huge cull of racehorses at Beijing track". The Guardian (Guardian News and Media Limited). Retrieved 2009-06-12.
- Jamieson, Marina (November 23, 2005). "A China horse-racing punt goes to pot". Shanghaiist (Gothamist LLC). Retrieved 2009-06-12.
- Official site (last updated 2005)
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