first opened in Pawtucket, Rhode Island in 1934. During the middle of
the twentieth century, horse racing was a huge sport in Rhode Island
with a second track, (Lincoln Downs)
opening in 1947 at Lincoln, RI.
At the height of its popularity,
Narragansett Park attracted Newport millionaires, sports celebrities
and movie stars. The average attendance during its heyday was over
During the 60s and 70s interest
in horse racing waned in Rhode Island and that, along with poor
management decisions caused the park to begin loosing money. Lincoln
Downs was in similar straits, however in 1977 they switched to
and are still in business today. In 1977, the state attempted to help
as it was known locally, by passing a law allowing them to keep more
of the take. However, by this time the park's average daily attendance
had slipped to under 3000 and "Gansett"
closed for good in 1978.
Today, the area where the old
horse track once stood, is now an industrial park.
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Rhode Island Horse Breeders Association - Narragansett Pacer