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On the edge of the Bronx, the new Jerome Park Race Course opens with its first race meeting.

Inaugural Race Meeting, Jerome Park, New York, September 25, 1866, artist's impression.
09/25/1866

Jerome Park Racecourse, then in Westchester County, New York but later encompassed in the Bronx, on Jerome Avenue, Kingsbridge Road, and Sedgwick Avenue, hosted its opening race meeting on this day under the auspices of the New York Jockey Club.  Prominent in the course's development was Leonard W. Jerome, Winston Churchill's maternal grandfather. The venue hosted the first Belmont Stakes the following year and continued as the race's home until 1890.  (By John Osborne)  

Source Citation: 

Bill Twomey, The Bronx, In Bits and Pieces (Bloomington, IN: Rooftop Publishing, 2007), 56-57.

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