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