|BLUE BONNETS RACECOURSE|
|The Blue Bonnets raceway is situated in Montreal in Quebec and opened for the first time on 4th June 1907.|
|Racing had originally been held in Ville Saint-Pierre since
1872. Blue Bonnets President from 1907 to 1920 was H Montague Allen.
By 1943 the course had introduced harness racing to boost finances and this went from strength to strength.
I am grateful to Bill Conrod for sharing his memories of his favourite racecourse.
I was raised in Montreal 4 blocks from Blue Bonnets. As a 13 year old I would ride my bike north on Macdonald St. to the CPR tracks then over an access road into Blue Bonnets via MacDonald. I think the access was also used for over-flow traffic when the races ended. My brother and several friends spent a lot of summer time visiting the stables, horses, stable-boys,trainers and the occasional bettor. We were thrilled to walk the horses when they needed a cooling down. The occasional wash/shower/bath was always an effort as the horses were so big and quite spirited. The stable-boys, most of whom were the first Black people we knew, were always interested in our eagerness to help out. That led to the occasional smoke and ‘crap” game with them. My introduction to gambling!
|So much so that in 1954 flat racing ended for a while,
although it did return to the track in 1961.
|If you have badges, racecards, pictures of the racecourse or further details about the course, including your memories, then email firstname.lastname@example.org|