BEL AIR RACECOURSE

The Maryland racetrack of Bel Air was built on a 100 acre site by Ray Bryson and first opened its gates to racing in 1937. It was situated East of the Tollgate Road and just a mile north of Baltimore Park. The track itself was just 6 furlongs in circumference and enjoyed a new grandstand in 1936.

The track raced successfully until the late 1940s when attempts were made to close the track and, as a consequence, crowds became depleted. Unfortunately Ray Bryson died in 1958 and the track closed just 2 years later in 1960.
There is little evidence today of the site on which the old track stood, the ground being covered by the Harford Mall.
If you have badges, racecards, pictures of the racecourse or further details about the course, including your memories, then email johnslusar@fsmail.net