The Ohio racetrack of Cranwood first opened its gates for racing in 1948 and was situated on the north side of Miles Avenue, near to both of its racecourse neighbours Thistledown and Randall Park. However, it is thought that at least one earlier track existed in the area. The 'Cranwood Racing Park' is thought to have been to the west of the better known track, but is now covered by residential housing. Furthermore, in the early part of the 20th century, circa 1918, a half mile track called 'Cranwood Driving Park' was formed on a farm in South Newburg. One of the main races in the 1950s was the 6 and a hlaf furlong 'Gray Ghost Gallop' which was won on 18th September 1958 by Rip Luck, owned by D E Smith, trained by C.Alongi and ridden by R.Venne. I am grateful to the trainer's son Gino Alongi for the photo shown below.
|The final meeting took place on 31st October 1962 and consisted of a nine race card, culminating in the running of the $2000 Appreciation Day Handicap over 6 furlongs.There is little evidence of the previous existence of a racecourse, the land now being covered by Cranwood Parkway Industrial site.|
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