Racing first took place on the Southern Illinois course of Fairmount Park in 1925 and remained there until 1947 when thoroughbred racing ceased and the course seemed destined to lose its thoroughbred racing. It was replaced for a short while by harness racing until the management group made the inspired decision to begin night racing. This had overnight appeal and the course went from strength to strength.


  The principal race in the 1960's was the Fairmount Futurity for 2 year olds which was first run at the course in 1962.


It also hosted the St Louis Derby for the first time in 2006 when won by Lawyer Ron. The race was previously called the Fairmount Derby when introduced in 1926 and was won by the appropriately named Haste.


  In 2007 an application was made to build a new 20000 seater amenity. There was concern that the number of racing days had dropped considerably and currently stand at 90 per year.  
If you have badges, racecards, pictures of the racecourse or further details about the course, including your memories, then email johnslusar@fsmail.net