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Author Topic: What horse racetracks used to look like in Toronto  (Read 2404 times)
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« on: November 11, 2012, 10:48:37 PM »

Today I came across some great old photos of early Toronto (Tbred) racing. It's incredible to see the crowd size at Old Woodbine/Greenwood. In one from 1926, it's raining on opening day but still packed, a canopy on the apron from all the umbrellas.

It's hard to imagine the work involved manually updating the toteboard. How often were they able to update the odds before a race?

Photos from the City of Toronto Archives.
http://www.blogto.com/city/2012/04/what_horse_racetracks_used_to_look_like_in_toronto/















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« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2012, 10:50:58 PM »

Wow.......great pics!!!!

Back then a day at the races, was...........A DAY AT THE RACES!!!!
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« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2012, 11:00:43 PM »

My God people at a racetrack..Ain't seen that in awhile now.
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« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2012, 11:07:50 PM »

Great pics Miss.

Thanks for posting them. thumbs up thumbs up
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« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2012, 11:09:58 PM »

Roaring 20's............depressed a few short years later.
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« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2012, 11:11:13 PM »

The old photos with a packed upper tier grandstand always make me nervous... pic taken 80 years ago but I'm certain it could collapse any minute.
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« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2012, 11:11:32 PM »

NICE PICYOURS,,,DA ONLY TIME YOU SEE ANYTING CLOS TO THAT,,,DERBY DAY,,,OR BREDDERS CROWN DAYZ,,,
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« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2012, 11:16:12 PM »

The old photos with a packed upper tier grandstand always make me nervous... pic taken 80 years ago but I'm certain it could collapse any minute.


The only collapse at Wrigley Field so far has been the.............
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« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2012, 11:45:55 PM »

I have a few oldies myself.











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« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2012, 11:51:24 PM »

A pickpocketers dream!

When I went to the Derby.........I shoved it down the front of my pants.
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« Reply #10 on: November 11, 2012, 11:53:15 PM »

A pickpocketers dream!

When I went to the Derby.........I shoved it down the front of my pants.
I TRYED THAT,,,BUT IT WOODINT FIT,,,  dunno
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« Reply #11 on: November 12, 2012, 12:08:34 AM »

I TRYED THAT,,,BUT IT WOODINT FIT,,,  dunno
Is that a PICKLED IN YUR PUCKET OR ARE YOU GLADED DO SEE ME ?
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« Reply #12 on: November 12, 2012, 12:41:04 AM »

I have a few oldies myself.

-- 1st photo: Is that a pic of the old Greenwood entrance?

-- 3rd photo (Wageringwindow): Also Greenwood? I've seen this one from other angles. Not sure if it's the same track or even which track it is but it's a sight. 40 open windows with lines 20 deep.

-- Last photo (devonshire-1920s): What a great building, eh? They probably knocked it down.

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« Reply #13 on: November 12, 2012, 12:50:31 AM »

In the original post (3rd pic) you'll notice the horses were running the opposite direction.
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« Reply #14 on: November 12, 2012, 03:00:53 AM »

Horse racing Illinois Chicago 1900 1909

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« Reply #15 on: November 12, 2012, 09:11:27 AM »

-- 1st photo: Is that a pic of the old Greenwood entrance?

-- 3rd photo (Wageringwindow): Also Greenwood? I've seen this one from other angles. Not sure if it's the same track or even which track it is but it's a sight. 40 open windows with lines 20 deep.

-- Last photo (devonshire-1920s): What a great building, eh? They probably knocked it down.



Thanks for posting MISS! these pics are great!
Entering Mohawk they have a long row of pictures which some I believe are replicas of the pics you post. I always try to get to the track well before post of the 1st race to see the pics which capture the early days of Canadian racing. thumbs up thumbs up horse trotter horse shoe beer
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« Reply #16 on: November 12, 2012, 10:06:42 AM »

-- 1st photo: Is that a pic of the old Greenwood entrance?

-- 3rd photo (Wageringwindow): Also Greenwood? I've seen this one from other angles. Not sure if it's the same track or even which track it is but it's a sight. 40 open windows with lines 20 deep.

-- Last photo (devonshire-1920s): What a great building, eh? They probably knocked it down.



Yes the 1st photo is indeed the Greenwood entrance.

The wagering window photo I believe is an American track but nobody has been able to correctly identify which one.
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« Reply #17 on: November 12, 2012, 10:09:07 AM »

Great Pictures !!!!
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« Reply #18 on: November 12, 2012, 10:53:02 AM »

Awesome pics! Unfortunately someone running racetracks will see the long mutual lines and the 5cent win place show! It appears as that is where they are headed? bang head
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« Reply #19 on: November 12, 2012, 11:01:22 AM »

The racetracks in Japan still pack them in. I turned on TV-G and watched a race from there and it had
to be over 100k people there.
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« Reply #20 on: November 12, 2012, 11:08:48 AM »

The racetracks in Japan still pack them in. I turned on TV-G and watched a race from there and it had
to be over 100k people there.

Hong Kongers are probably the greatest gamblers in horse racing.

I read a report that 90% of the adult population bets on horses.

Don't know if it is true. dunno
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« Reply #21 on: November 12, 2012, 11:15:10 AM »

Great Pics! thumbs up horse trotter
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« Reply #22 on: November 12, 2012, 11:27:34 AM »

Hong Kongers are probably the greatest gamblers in horse racing.

I read a report that 90% of the adult population bets on horses.

Don't know if it is true. dunno

12 to 15 years ago The Meadowlands took action on the Hong Kong races and they stayed open from midnight to 5AM on Fridays and Saturdays. I remember walking out and a huge Asian crowd would come in. It looked like more people coming in than leaving. I don't know what the numbers were or why they put a stop to it.
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« Reply #23 on: November 12, 2012, 01:41:49 PM »

Great Pics! thumbs up horse trotter

Them pics been online for more than a decade.
 Links have been provided here previously, however the items are simply too old for general interest.

 It was my hope that museum's Roosevelt Project would be presented in a similar manner, however it isn't going to happen.
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« Reply #24 on: November 12, 2012, 03:26:03 PM »


Thanks for the link. I love the Library of Congress photo archives. They have a great collection of old harness photos, too. I've spent several hours browsing on the site.

Here are a few from your link that stick out:




1903 [Hawthorne Race Track, group of racehorses, jockeys, and handlers in front of grandstand filled with spectators]

Wow! Hawthorne's grandstand at the turn of the century. Check out that giant cloth canopy. I wish a few of these great old grandstands survived. I think many old fair track grandstands are still around but it was the big tracks that had the elaborate ones, and they had to change with the times.





1903 [Racehorse, Lucien Appleby, with jockey mounted, walking on muddy racetrack by the grandstand, Washington Park Race Track]

How's that for a sloppy track? Fast, good, sloppy & sludge.





1904 [Horse racing, Worth Race Track, ten racehorses, with mounted jockeys, racing neck and neck]

I read that before electric starting gates, horses just stood or circled around behind a chalk line or rope until the race started. I don't know a thing about Worth Race Track but it looks like the horses started at the finish line. I did just read elsewhere "Worth Race Track, Worth IL, now the site of Holy Sepulcher Cemetery, Mayor Richard J Daley is buried there."

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