TODAY’S TRACK FROM THE PAST – SPORTSMAN PARK – CHICAGO

Sportsman Park

The title refers to the story that famous gangster Al Capone was part owner of Sportsman’s park which at that time in the 1920’s was a dog track. Being that dog racing wasn’t legal in Illinois it was shut down. It’s alleged that Mr. Capone and a business partner wanted a piece of Hawthorne Turf Course which was adjacent to the Sportsman Park facility but were rebuffed by the owners at that time. Not to be denied they turned Sportsman’s Park into a horse racing facility.

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