New Hampshire Tracks – Rockingham Park
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Rockingham Park History
Rockingham Park originally opened in 1906. Rockingham – which is also known as “The Rock” – New England’s First Race Track. When Rockingham opened betting on horses was illegal in New Hampshire. After police closed the track down to horse racing, Rockingham lent itself to fairs and expositions, a layover site for the military in the first world war, and an automobile racing track.
In 1933, Rockingham was renovated and reopened. With its scenic placement and high quality of racing, Rockingham quickly became known on a national level. Immortal thoroughbred horses, such as Seabiscuit, Discovery, and Brass Monkey were three of the more notable racers who campaigned at “the Rock”.
Rockingham contributed to the well-being of the state of New Hampshire. Tax dollars paid from the track were immeasurable, and uncountable New Hampshire residents were employed at the track.
1980 marked a sad event for Rockingham when a fire destroyed the grandstand and severely damaged the clubhouse. Through new management, the Rock opened yet again in 1984 with a state-of-the-art clubhouse. A turf course was installed in 1986 and after full-card interstate simulcast was allowed in 1991, a sporting club and family pavilion were added.
Rockingham Park will forever hold a warm place in our hearts and will never again be what it was once before. Let this be a reminder to us all to cherish the moments you make and appreciate your present pleasures.
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Rockingham Park Boulevard
Salem, NH 03079