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Detroit racecourse was not the first to be opened in Michigan; that honour fell to the Detroit Fair Grounds track, in the State Fairgrounds, which opened its gates on 2nd September 1933. Racing could only take place because on 28th June of that year the state governor, William Comstock, had signed a law allowing wagering on horses. The very first race at the track was won by Mayco, and the track later witnessed the great Seabiscuit triumph in handicaps and a famous match against War Admiral. The Detroit Race Course first opened its gates some time later in 1950 and the management sought to maximise the crowd by timing opening to coincide with the end of the day for its local car workers. The main race at the track was the Michigan Mile which, ironically, was run over a distance just beyond a mile. The track did begin to suffer from reduced crowds in the early 1990's and track closure looked inevitable. The track finally closed on 8th November 1998 with the final race being won by Southern Flavour, ridden by L C Knight and trained by Farley Knight. In1950 the Detroit Fairground track closed its doors for the final time.

Local Patrons Detroit Fair Grounds Race Club
Principal Races Michigan Mile
Course today The racecourse closed in 1950.
If you have photos, postcards, racecards. badges, newspaper cuttings or book references about the old course, or can provide a photo of how the ground on which the old racecourse stood looks today, then email

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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