Rockingham Park, located in Salem, NH, will officially shutter its doors on Aug. 31 of this year, according to bloodhorse.com. The track was the first in New England to have a Thoroughbred race meeting, beginning in 1906. It hadn't hosted a live Thoroughbred meet since 2002, but did hold harness meetings for several years.
“Simulcasting and the charitable gaming will come to an end Aug. 31,” said Ed Callahan, president and general manager. “All of our employees and the numerous charities that benefited were notified today. It's a sad day.”
Nearly 18 months ago, the first 50 acres of Rockingham's property were purchased by businessman Joe Faro, and demolition of the stable area and dormitories has already been under way for some time. A deal for the remaining 120 acres was brokered with Faro and completed this week. Plans for the property include high-end townhouses, hotel, steakhouse, movie theater, and offices.
Read more at bloodhorse.com.
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