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Racing Back This Weekend at Atlantic City Race Course [VIDEO]

photo by Eric Johnson

Looking for a fun family activity this weekend that might be a little different?  For the next week you can enjoy horse racing at a classic Jersey race course that opened in 1946.  It once owned by Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope and big band leaders Kay Kyser, Harry James, Xavier Cugat, Sammy Kaye, and more.  When it opened 67 years ago John B. Kelly Sr., Olympic gold medalist and father of the late Princess Grace, was it’s first president.

Today, Atlantic City Race Course in Mays Landing is mainly an off track betting simulcasting facility.  In order to maintain their simulcasting license, owner Greenwood Racing, Inc. must hold one week of live racing per year.  This has been a popular event each year as 30,000 South Jersey race fans flock to the track during the yearly “turf festival”.

This year’s “All Turf Thoroughbred Racing” starts today through Sunday April 29th.  Racing resumes on May 1, 2 and 3.  Post time all days is 3:30pm.

If you go: Atlantic City Race Course is at 4501 Black Horse Pike in Mays Landing.  Exit 14 or 12 of the Atlantic City Expressway will get you there.

Over the years the grandstand/clubhouse has hosted many civic events, conventions and in August 1969, 100,000  attended the Atlantic City Pop Festival at the race course. The show featured The Byrds, Chicago, Joe Cocker, CCR, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Jefferson Airplane, Janice Joplin, BB King, Little Richard, Joni Mitchell, Santana, Three Dog Night and more!  This event happened just weeks before Woodstock and overwhelmed the communities of Mays Landing and Egg Harbor Township.

Atlantic City Race Course was featured in the 1964 Alfred Hitchcock film “Marney” starting Sean Connery.   See a clip of the film (and the course in all it’s glory) below.  Watch from 3:11 into the video, until 8:14.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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