Preview: The Rock
The Rock is done, after over 100 years. Pretty spot and not too far a ride from Boston
Here are a couple pieces that i found interesting.
I like the idea of paying off to the penny. They also had bridge jumpers back the too
• Summer 1935: The immortal Seabiscuit stabled at Rockingham throughout his two-year-old campaign. He ran five times here, but never won a race. Seabiscuit, arguably one of the most beloved Thoroughbreds of all time, is the subject of a best selling novel and a Hollywood blockbuster movie. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1938. Crowd favorite Brass Monkey continued his come-from-behind winning ways. In 1934, Alfred Gwynn Vanderbilts’ noted runner Discovery raced here. Hall of Fame riders George Woolf and Johnny Longdon competed on the racetrack in 1934-35.
• March 16, 1936: The New Hampshire Jockey Club, coned by Lou Smith, was formed and took over ownership of the track. By now, the track was providing a major source of revenue to the state coffers and with the money sent to Concord, New Hampshire was able to meet annual budgets without installing any broad-based taxes.
• 1937: Hall of Fame rider Eddie Arcaro battled Longdon for the jockey championship. Notable owners stabling horses on the grounds include J.H. Whitney, Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, Greentree Stable, Dixiana Farm, Bing Crosby, W.H. Cane, and W. S. Kilmer.
• September 21, 1938: A hurricane swept across the track and the winds lifted jockey Warren Yarberry off Singing Slave at the eighth pole. Track announcer Babe Rubenstein’s booth was n off the top of the grandstand. Thirteen barns were destroyed in the storm and racing was called after the sixth race.
• 1938: A dispute over breakage caused the track to pay off all bets to the penney until a solution was reached with the racing commission. That year, the fabled "Lady in Red" appeared. A woman, always dressed in red and always frequenting the track on a Saturday, wagered huge sums of monrey on the favorite and created minus pools for the track. One day she was said to lose $10,000 on a race.