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.
GREAT FESTIVAL WEEK
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.
SALES & RACING FESTIVAL
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.
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 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.
You can also book a place in the Brenner’s Lounge