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Rockingham Park, Salem NH

It may be too late to bet on the fabled horse Seabiscuit, but it’s not too late to visit the one mile long race track where he ran and bet on standardbred horses. Rockingham Park dates from 1906 and has had a history that includes famous horses, motor racing, and even barnstorming biplanes. It was even a military base in WWI.

In the 1920’s, Rockingham Park hosted motorized racing, like the 1925 race that ran cars on a dirt oval at 76.8 mph. With the success of the events, motor races were started on a 2-mile board track, where Curly Fredericks set the record for the fastest speed that a motorcycle would attain on an oval board track (120.3 miles per hour on an Altoona). In 1928, the track held the final motorcycle national championships to be competed on a board track.

Rockingham Park has a recent history of harness racing and still features standardbred horse racing on a grass track, along with simulcast thoroughbred, harness, and greyhound races. The most popular of these simulcast events include major racing events like the Belmont Stakes.

The gaming doesn’t stop with betting on races. The Sports Club at Rockingham Park features Combat Zone live mixed martial arts fighting events. And for those who have honed their skills with online poker sites and are anxous to play face-to-face with others, Rockingham park features cheritable gaming seven days a week with poker, blackjack, roulette, and craps in Rockingham Park’s poker room. These games, like the regularly scheduled bingo games, benefit local charitable organizations.

Special events, like classic car shows, craft fairs, home shows, and motorcycle shows make good use of Rockinghame Park’s space and accessability. At a recent Family Fun Day, visitors enjoyed free pony rides, complimentary entertainment and amusements, celebrity appearances, clowns, face painters, magicians, puppeteers, temporary tattoo artists, and caricature artists.

Rockingham Park is off I-93 in Salem Massachusetts.  You can visit them online at www.rockinghampark.com or call them at (603) 898-2311.

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