|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 firstname.lastname@example.org|