AGAWAM PARK RACECOURSE

The Massachusetts racetrack at Agawam Park is now closed, but was operational until 1938. It was in 1934 that the owners of the Agawam Bowles Airport were financially challenged as a result of the Great Depression. They were forced to sell it, and the buyers saw the potential of tote betting. They turned the old airport into a thoroughbred horse racing track and spent $1 million in constructing it. They took advantage of the old plane hangars and used them as stables, whilst building a grandstand.

In 1935 they were amply rewarded when the great Seabiscuit won the Springfield Handicap, breaking the track record. The track closed once the state had outlawed pari-mutual betting in November 1838.
If you have badges, racecards, pictures of the racecourse or further details about the course, including your memories, then email johnslusar@fsmail.net