|It is known that racing first took place at
Longacres in 1933 on a track developed by Joseph Gottstein and William Edris.
|The pricipal races at the meeting were the Washington
Championship and the Longacres Mile, run for the first time in 1941 and won by Campus
Fusser. In 1963 the administration of the track passed to Morris Alhadeff, the son-in-law
of Joseph Gottstein. He became the president some 8 years later on the death of Gottstein.
|From 1990 to its close the races were run by
Emerald Racing Association whence the track was known as Longacres Park.
|The shutters came down on the racecourse on 21st September
1992, with the final race being won by Native Rustler, ridden by Gary Stevens and trained
by Richard Wright. It was witnessed by a massive crowd numbering 23,258. As a sign of the
sadness of its passing the final race is said to have been run without commentary.
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