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The Memphis Jockey Club was formed in 1836 and initially held its meetings at Mississippi Boulevard. By the early 1850's it had moved to Montgomery Park and its principal race of the year was the Tennessee Derby. In 1886 the Memphis Jockey Club meeting extended over a 5 day period from 26th October until 30th October at the Mid-South Fairgrounds. The principal races were the Gastons Stakes, restricted to 2 year olds, for a prize of $500, and the Peabody Stakes which was for 3 year olds, also with $500 in added prize money. A supporting race was the Open Gayoso Stakes, while there was also variety offered in the Handicap Steeplechase. The track was forced to close its thoroughbred racing venture in 1905 when betting in the state was made illegal, but harness racing continued. However, the Jockey Club Clubhouse was not demolished until 1950.

Local Patrons Memphis Jockey Club
Principal Races Gastons Stakes, Peabody Stakes, Open Gayoso Stakes
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Course today The racecourse continues to operate very successfully.
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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