Chicago's Horse Racing Venues

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The popularity of horse racing in Chicago has yet to be rivaled in any other metropolitan area. Since the 1800s, the Windy City's enthusiasm for both harness and Thoroughbred racing led to 10 major racetracks being built in the Chicago area. Four of those raceways—Balmoral, Maywood, Hawthorne, and Arlington—are still racing and thriving today. From Washington Park, Lincoln Fields, and Worth Raceway on the city's South Side, to the Near West Side venues of Hawthorne Race Course and Sportsman's Park, to Arlington Park's northwest locale and Aurora Downs to the west, Chicago's racing community has enjoyed a long and sometimes scandalous history. Chicago's Horse Racing Venues provides insight into Chicago's rich racing history and a behind-the-scenes look at the people and horses involved.
ISBN: 9780738560809
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Illinois
Series: Images of America
Images: 212
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Kimberly A. Rinker, a 1983 graduate of the Ohio State University, has been involved with Chicago horse racing since 1984—both as a writer and as a participant. A licensed trainer-driver of Standardbreds, Rinker represented the United States in the International Drivers Championship in Moscow, Russia, in 1995. Rinker is also an award-winning journalist whose features have appeared in the Horseman and Fair World, the Harness Edge, Sports Eye, the Chicago Tribune, Illinois Racing News, and Hoof Beats.
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