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Who Knew Hartford Had One Of Top Harness Tracks In Nation?

Who Knew Hartford Had One Of Top Harness Tracks In Nation?

Connecticut has had a long history with gambling, from harness racing to greyhounds to jai alai and on to the casinos. In its day Charter Oak Park, near the Hartford/West Hartford line, attracted big crowds and big names in harness racing. After a highly successful first year, in 1874, The Courant ran a lengthy story. "The feeling among horsemen has been one of satisfaction with the accommodation provided for stock, and the treatment they have received personally," the 1874 Courant story said. The amenities were appreciated too, such as the "music of the Colt's band of 25 pieces ... that never played better before." Even the police force got high marks for...

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