Situated in the Hamilton area of Atlantic County in New Jersey, the Atlantic City racecourse opened for business for the first time on 22nd July 1946 and over 28000 were in attendance to witness the event. It was the brainchild of John Kelly.

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Its principal race was the Matchmaker Stakes first run on dirt in 1967 over 9 furlongs for fillies and mares only. The 1967 winner was Politely and she repeated her win in 1968.

 I am grateful to our American Racing Correspondent Richard Gauthier for the scan of the badges in this section.

In 1979 the event was run on turf and won by Wayarer but was back on dirt in 1983 when Luminaire was successful.

The race was contested for the final time at Atlantic City in 1996 when Powder Bowl was victorious, and has since been transferred to Monmouth Park


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