The racecourse of Hagerstown was located in the state of Maryland. It first opened its gates to thoroughbred racing during on 1st October 1929, and was an integral part of the Maryland Fair Racing circuit. It was initially a 4 furlong, later extended to 5 furlong, oval dirt track, later supplemented by additional 6 furlong and 8 1/2 furlong chutes, each sharing a 160 metre home straight. By 1939 the Great Hagerstown track had a new grandstand and had 2 meetings annually. At the Hagerstown track in 1955 there was a Modern new grandstand and club house built at a cost of $750,000 which could seat upwards of 6500 punters., while there was sufficient stabling for 600 thoroughbreds. The track closed its gates for the final time after the meeting on 3rd October 1970.

I am grateful to our American racing correspondent Richard Gauthier for the badges shown below.


If you have badges, racecards, pictures of the racecourse or further details about the course, including your memories, then email johnwslusar@gmail.com