Feb 24th 2012 12:00 pm |
I missed posting last week because I went down the rabbit hole of a project that I have been thinking about starting for a few years. I mentioned the idea in a post I did about thoroughbred race tracks in 2009.
The idea is to document every thoroughbred race track in the United States. Before I even began compiling sources to consult, I came up with the grandiose name of “The Great American Race Track Project” — it’s now linked at the top of the page.
Once I had a name, I began thumbing and clicking through sources but soon realized I needed some guidelines to work with. This is what I came up with:
- Race track must have been located within the United States
- Track must have hosted thoroughbred racing at anytime from 1865 to the present
- All entries in the Great American Race Track project will include a cited source (primary or secondary) with the exception of tracks currently operating or recently closed
- The opened and closed dates are for the first and last year the track hosted thoroughbred racing
As it stands now, I have documented nearly 200 tracks, but the list is far from complete. In some cases, I only have a reference to a particular track but have not found documented information about opening and closing dates.
I was hesitant about posting this but decided to share it in it’s current form, warts and all. My hope is to get some help from Colin’s Ghost readers to fill in missing information. I especially need help on data for tracks in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Oklahoma.
I have created a project page that has all the information you need to share your knowledge. This is an ongoing project with an indefinite end point. I plan on working on it throughout the year and beyond, it should be fun.
Please take a look at the project page and contribute what you can:
UPDATE (2/27): I have received lots of feedback about the list — many thanks! I knew it was incomplete when I posted it and will be updating the information throughout week.
Thanks for reading and good luck!