Racetrack Baden-Baden · Iffezheim

Since 1858 there is racing at the track Baden-Baden – Iffezheim

The Racing Fixtures

Since 1858 there is racing at the track Baden-Baden – Iffezheim, since 2004 there three different festivals, each with a different character: The Spring Festival in May, the Great Festival Week end of August and the Sales & Racing Festival in October. At all three festivals there is also a BBAG sales of pure thoroughbreds.


It includes four fixtures, starting on Wednesday with an After-Work-Raceday. On Thursday, which is a public holiday in the federal state of Baden-Wurttemberg, the Badener Meile (Gr.2) is the first group race of the year at Baden-Baden. On Saturday the Ittlingen Derby Trial (Gr.3) is the focus, on Sunday there are two group events, the Gr.2 Grosser Preis der Badischen Wirtschaft, which is part of the German Racing Champions League, and the Gr.3 Silberne Peitsche.


The summer week always has been the core of racing at Baden-Baden – from a sporting and a society view. It’s a must for any racing fan. Six group races are being held:

  • On the first Saturday the Gr.3 Preis der Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe
  • on the first Sunday the Gr.2 Goldene Peitsche
  • on Thursday the Gr.2 Darley Oettingen-Rennen.
  • The final weekend starts with the Gr.2 T. von Zastrow Stutenpreis while on the Sunday there are two group races, the Gr.3 Zukunftsrennen and the highlight of the year – the Gr.1 Longines Grosser Preis von Baden, part of the German Racing Champions League.


The youngest festival has two racing days. On Friday it features the richest race for two year olds in Germany, the Ferdinand Leisten Memorial BBAG Sales race. On the final Sunday of the season again there are two group races – the Gr.3 Baden-Wurttemberg Trophy and the Gr.3 Preis der Winterkonigin, the most important race for two year old fillies in the country.

History of racing at Baden-Baden – Iffezheim

Since the mid 19th century pure thoroughbreds have been racing at Iffezheim near Baden-Baden at the doorstep of the Black Forest. The track was built on the initiative of French casino tenant Edouard Bénazet who wanted to create further attractions for his illustrious guests. The first race was held on September, 5th, in 1858. There were three racing days in the first with the Grosse Preis von Baden being the highlight – like it is today.

After the French-German war the Internationale Club took over. Earl Carl Egon zu Furstenberg was the first president. Baden-Baden quickly developed into the leading track in Germany, racing only interrupted by two World Wars. 1951 the modern era started. In 1963 the first yearling sales were held – later leading to the Baden-Badener Auktionsgesellschaft BBAG, which is located near the racetrack in Iffezheim.

In 1972 a second Festival additional to the Great Festival Week at the end of August was added – the Spring Festival in May. Since 2004 there also is the Sales & Racing Festival in October. In 2010 Baden Racing took over as organizer of the races under the leadership of President Dr. Andreas Jacobs, who is an internationally recognized breeder and owner of thoroughbreds in Germany, England and South Africa.

Top races at Baden-Baden – Iffezheim

Baden Racing is the most important organizer of horse racing in Germany, offering three festivals during the year with a dozen fixtures: Four at the Spring Festival, six at the Great Festival Week and two at the Sales & Racing Festival. There are also a dozen Group races, spread over the three festivals. The Grosse Preis von Baden, inaugurated in 1858 and since 2011 under the partnership of Swizz watch maker Longines, is the highlight of the year – a Group 1 over 2.400m with the winner getting invitations to the Breeders’ Cup Turf in the USA and the Japan Cup.

In the Great Festival Week three further Group 2 races are held: The Goldene Peitsche over 1.200m is the best sprint race in Germany, the Darley Oettingen-Rennen one of the best races over a mile and the T. von Zastrow Stutenpreis over 2.400m the best race for fillies and mares three years and up. On Group 3 level there is the Zukunftsrennen (1.400m) for two year olds and the Preis der Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe (2.000m) for four year olds and up.

The highlight of the Spring Festival is the Preis der Badischen Wirtschaft, a Group 2 over 2.200m. Like the Grosse Preis it is part of the racing series German Racing Champions League, which include the best events in the country. Another Group 2 is the Badener Meile (1.600m), while the Derby-Trial (2.000m) and the Silberne Peitsche (1.200m) are Group 3’s.

The season ends with the Sales & Racing Festival and two Group 3 races on the last Sunday: The Baden-Wurttemberg Trophy (2.000m) for three year and older horses and the Ittlingen Preis der Winterkonigin (1.600m) – the most important event for two year old fillies in Germany.

Your day at the races

How to get here by car: You leave the Motoway A5 Baden-Baden-Mitte and turn in direction Iffezheim. Please follow the racing since. There is plenty of parking (fee).

How to get here by bus or train: From the main station Baden-Baden in Oos you can take the bus 218. On racing days there additional busses taking you to and from the track.

Your typical racing day looks like this: The track will open 90 min ahead of the first race. Roughly 20 min ahead of each race the saddled horses will parade in the paddock. RaceBets-expert Daniel Delius will offer you valuable betting tips as soon as the jockeys enter the ring. 10 min before the race the horses will head to the starting point, giving you the chance to place your bet. If it’s very busy it is recommended to bet earlier. A minute before the race the starter gives the sign to load the runners – the show can begin. After the race the horses return to Scales complex where the price giving ceremony is normally held. After each group race the national anthem of the winning team will be played. The circle repeats itself every 30 to 35 min – plenty of time to scroll around our partners tents, have a drink or a bite. Don’t miss our entertainment program. Have a great day!

The Stands

The racetrack Baden-Baden – Iffezheim offers plenty or areas for everybody: from the inexpensive daily entrance without a reserved seat to the VIP all-inclusive seat in the Champions’ Club. You can order tickets through our webshop or by phone (+49 7229 187 0) or by mail [email protected]. On the day you can easily get an upgrade at the box office. If you wish a reserved seat, we do recommend however to book early, in particular on the Sundays.

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