What is the Obihiro Racecourse?
  • # Racecourses
Find out the Obihiro Racecourse and what kind of track it has. Know the schedule of the races in 2019.

The Obihiro Racecourse is known for hosting Draft or Ban’ei Races. It is operated by the local government of Obihiro City, Hokkaido, Japan. It is also under the authority of National Association of Racing (NAR). Obihiro racecourse is locally known as Obihiro Keibajou (帯広市 けいばじょう). 

NAR is locally known as Chiho Keiba Zenkoku Kyokai (地方競馬全国協会). It is the governing body of the local governments in Japan that holds various domestic horse races. This means that NAR itself does not host horse racing events. Additionally, horse racing in Japan that is operated by local governments is known as chiho keiba or 地方競馬.

Domestic races mean that horses who are born in Japan can compete in the competitions. The races are still graded depending on how big the race is. Additionally, the schedule for the competitions can often be found in the local government’s racecourse website.

This means you can personally check the schedule of races when you go to the racecourse website. You can also see if there are races that had been rescheduled without prior announcements.

 

 

How to go to Obihiro Racecourse?

 

If you want to go to Obihiro Racecourse, you have three options: by foot, bus, or taxi. It is possible to go to the horse racing track just by walking because it is only 20 minutes from JR Obihiro Station.

You can take a taxi that will bring you to the racecourse within 8 minutes from JR Obihiro Station.

However, you can also use the Tokachi Bus that will take you to the racecourse within 10 minutes from the JR Obihiro Station. Get on the bus at the Tokachi Bus Business Office then you can get off at the Keibajo Mae bus stop in front of the racecourse.

 

The Race Track of Obihiro Racecourse

While most horse races have an oval race track, this is not the same with Ban’ei races. The Obihiro Racecourse in Japan is a straight line with two obstacles and a sand obstacle. Keep in mind though that the midway point in the course is where the horses can rest for a few minutes before they continue with the race.

 

Here is how the race track in Obihiro Racecourse is like:

 

Obihiro Racecourse

Height

Starting Gate

-

Obstacle # 1

1 meter

Midway Point

-

Obstacle #2

1.6 meters

Sand Obstacle

Slope of 0.5 meters

End

-

 

 

Races in the Obihiro Racecourse

The races in the Obihiro Racecourse are often held every Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. This means that there are no horse races every weekday.

 

Here are the following schedule of Ban’ei races from April 2019 to March 2020:

 

Month

Day of Race

Schedule of Race

April

27 to 30

8:45 PM





May

4 to 8

8:45 PM

11 to 14

8:45 PM

18 to 20

8:45 PM

25 to 27

8:45 PM





June

1 to 3

8:45 PM

8 to 10

8:45 PM

15 to 17

8:45 PM

22 to 24

8:45 PM

29 to 30

8:45 PM





July

1

8:45 PM

6 to 8

8:45 PM

13 to 15

8:45 PM

20 to 22

8:45 PM

27 to 29

8:45 PM





August

3 to 5

8:45 PM

10 to 12

8:45 PM

17 to 19

8:45 PM

24 to 26

8:45 PM

31

8:45 PM





September

1 to 2

8:45 PM

7 to 9

8:45 PM

14 to 16

8:45 PM

21 to 23

8:45 PM

28 to 30

8:45 PM





October

5 to 7

8:45 PM

12 to 14

8:45 PM

19 to 21

8:45 PM

26 to 28

8:45 PM


November

2 to 4

8:45 PM

9 to 11

8:45 PM

16 to 18

8:45 PM

23 to 25

8:45 PM

30

8:00 PM







December

1 to 2

8:00 PM

7 to 9

8:00 PM

14 to 16

8:00 PM

21 to 23

8:00 PM

26 to 30

8:00 PM






January

2 to 3

5:15 PM

4 to 5

7:00 PM

11 to 13

7:00 PM

18 to 20

7:00 PM

27 to 27

7:00 PM





February

1 to 3

7:00 PM

8 to 10

7:00 PM

15 to 17

7:00 PM

22 to 24

7:00 PM

29

7:00 PM




March

1 to 2

7:00 PM

6 to 8

7:00 PM

14 to 16

7:00 PM

20 to 24

7:00 PM

 

 

READ MORE: Popular Racecourses in the World