Sportsman's Park was situated in Chicago and its inaugural meeting took place in 1932 and proved popular, although it had lost some of its gloss by 1950. The National Jockey Club made the racecourse its 'home track' in the early 1950's and this relationship was maintained until 2002 when it moved to the nearby Hawthorne Racecourse.

 The photo below shows Thistle War winning the J Di Meglio Purse over 7 furlongs on 11th May 1954 when trained by Ben Stutts and ridden by D J Wagner.

In 1978 a fire destroyed the Hawthorne Racecourse grandstand and meetings were transferred to Sportsman's Park until 1980. The shutters came down on the track for the last time on 4th May 2002 when Pagliacci, a British bred racechorse, won the final race when ridden by Z. Cadman and trained by Danny Miller.
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