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The Alabama racecourse at Birmingham was operational for horse racing in the late 1980s and early 1990s run under the administration of Birmingham Turf Club. The 8 furlong oval dirt track, with inner 7 furlong turf track, and separate 6 furlong and 10 furlong chutes, each sharing a 305 metre home straight. It was situated on Derby Parkway to the East of Birmingham, just off John Rogers Drive and boasted a 4 storey grandstand with the capacity to seat 5,200. The inaugural meeting was held on 3rd March 1987 with the running of the Birmingham Inaugural Stakes. A month later the first Alabama Derby was contested at the track on 11th April and drew a crowd in excess of 13,000. However, within a few short months crowd sizes decreased and the track became financially challenged. It had been granted 175 race days in the year but still ran at a loss of over $50 million and the owners filed for bankruptcy in November 1988. An application was made to host greyhound racing at the track, but this was initially declined and the track closed. It reopened on 26th May 1989 and rebranded as Birmingham Race Course. It was delighted by the local response when over 15,000 attended that first meeting. However, once again the crowds started to become depleted and the administration finally called time in 1991. The track closed its gates to horse racing, only to come up with an innovative solution, a programme consisting of thoroughbred racing and greyhound racing on 25th June 1993, a pattern which continued until 1st July 1995. Today the track remains a thriving greyhound venue.

Local Patrons Birmingham Turf Club
Principal Races Alabama Derb
Course today The racecourse closed for horse racing on 1st July 1995
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ISBN 978-0-9957632-0-3

652 pages

774 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-1-0

352 pages

400 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-2-7

180 pages

140 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-3-4

264 pages

235 former courses

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