|AURORA DOWNS RACECOURSE|
The Illinois racecourse of Aurora Downs first opened for racing and harness racing in 1891 and was operational right up to the early 1980s. It later became a harness racing track in the 1950s. The original track was just 4 furlongs in length and named Aurora Driving Park and was close to Lake Street.
|The track closed during the hostilities of World War II but reopened again in 1946. However, in 1952 the track closed and racing, particularly harness racing, was moved to nearby Maywood Park. In 1955 the track suffered fire damage on 2 separate occasions, although racing was not taking place at the time. Nevertheless, racing did resume in 1958 after the track was renovated, although they no longer attracted vast crowds and began to find the climate economically challenging. The track closed and reopened on a number of occasions over the next 18 years before closing its gates for the final time in 1976.
Racing did take place on Sundays, but they were low profile meetings, and the track closed for good in 1981, with the grandstands demolished.
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