Hazel Park Race Track
Hazel Park Raceway was established as dual-breed facility in 1949. Hazel Park was the first 5/8th of a mile horseracing track in the United States and holds the moniker of “The Pioneer Track”. After many years of exclusive harness racing, it returned to thoroughbreds-only in 2014.
Hazel Park Race Track Layout
The track width is 80 feet and homestretch length is 615 feet. The spacious clubhouse has a capacity of 3,000 while the grandstand capacity is 9,200 (additional seating is added for major events).
Track History & Quick Facts
Over the years Hazel Park has consistently attracted the top equines, their drivers and trainers from all over North America. On July 12, 1975 the Hazel Park track record for handle and attendance (at a live racing event) was set when 15,372 patrons wagered a total of $1,425,478.
On September 17, 1988 Hazel Park set for the record for the largest payout on a $2.00 wager at a harness track. A savvy horse bettor in attendance that day turned $2.00 into $1,243,053 with a "Super Twin" wager that predicted the exact order of the first four finishers in two consecutive races. The overall track records are 1:50.3 for the Pacing Gait was set by Aged Horse/Gelding "Yukon Cornelius" in 2007 and 1:54.3 for the Trotting Gait by 4-Year-Old Horse/Gelding "Homestretch" in 2008.
Over the years Hazel Park has hosted their fair share of major stakes races. Some of the more notable races include the Motor City Pace, the Red Rose Pace, the Nicole Hudock Memorial Pace and the William C. Connors Trot.
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