HAZEL PARK RACECOURSE

The Hazel Park racecourse is situated in the city of Detroit in the state of Michigan. It has a track of 5/8ths of a mile round and once held only Harness racing, with its most prestigious event being the William C Connors Memorial for 3 year olds. From 1949 until 1984 it held thoroughbred racing and its principal race then was the Michigan Derby. The track began life in the early 1940s as an auto car track when its owners purchased 140 acres of landfill site and built the track. However, they soon ran in to financial difficulties and sold the track, only for it then to be developed into a successful horse racing venue. It held its inaugural meeting on 17th August 1949 and 4 years later it held its first harness race meeting. At the end of 1984 thoroughbred racing ceased and it was run entirely as a harness race track.

I am grateful to our American Racing correspondent Richard Gauthier for the rare scan of the badge shown below.

In 2014 thoroughbred racing returned to the track and today the track offers live thoroughbred racing on Friday and Saturday evenings from May through to September. However, there is also a year round opportunity to wager simulcast. The track benefits from a large grandstand and excellent dining facilities in the Clubhouse.

Currently, in 2015, the track is owned by Herbert Tyner and Bernard Hartman.

If you have badges, racecards, pictures of the racecourse or further details about the course, including your memories, then email johnslusar@fsmail.net