PORTLAND MEADOWS RACECOURSE  
The racecourse at Portland Meadows was constructed throughout 1945 and was opened for its first meeting on 14th September 1946. Development of the course was directed by William Kyne. At that first meeting a crowd in excess of 10000 were present.
  The racecourse is famous for being the first to hold a floodlit night meeting so revolutionising racing.

 

 
The track had to close in 1970 when a fire on 25th April saw the grandstand destroyed. A rebuilding programme took shape quickly and the course had reopened by 1971.
  The principal race at the meeting was the Coors Portland Meadows Mile run and won in 1987 by Present Value ridden by no less a pilot than Bill Shoemaker.

 

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