Sheepshead Bay Race Track was an American Thoroughbred horse racing facility built on the site of the Coney Island Jockey Club at Sheepshead Bay, New York. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Thoroughbred horse racing is a worldwide Sport and Industry involving the racing of Thoroughbred Horses It is governed by different national Sheepshead Bay is a Bay separating the Mainland of Brooklyn, New York City from the eastern portion of Coney Island, the latter originally New York ( is a state in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions of the United States and is the nation's third most populous Old railroad track diagrams for the Long Island Railroad spur that served both the club and the racetrack show the entrance to the club was located on the east side of Ocean Avenue between Avenues X and Y. Ocean Avenue is a major street in Brooklyn generally running North-South and occupies the position of East 20th Street in the Brooklyn street grid with East 19th Street to its west and  The racetrack was built by a group of prominent businessmen from the New York City area who formed the Coney Island Jockey Club in 1880. The City of New York Led by Leonard Jerome and the track's President, William Kissam Vanderbilt, the Club held seasonal race cards at nearby Prospect Park fairgrounds until construction of the new race course was completed in 1884. Leonard Walter Jerome ( November 3, 1817 &ndash March 3, 1891) was a Brooklyn New York, financier and grandfather of Winston William Kissam Vanderbilt ( December 12 1849 &ndash July 22 1920) was a member of the prominent United States Vanderbilt Prospect Park is a 585 acre (24 km² public Park in the New York City borough of Brooklyn located between Park Slope,
The new Sheepshead Bay Race Track's premier event was the Suburban Handicap, conceived by James G. William Riggin Travers (July 1819 &ndash March 19, 1887) was an American Lawyer who made a fortune on Wall Street. William Kissam Vanderbilt ( December 12 1849 &ndash July 22 1920) was a member of the prominent United States Vanderbilt The Suburban Handicap is an American Grade I stakes race for Thoroughbred Race horses aged three and older run at the classic one-and-one-quarter K. Lawrence who became the track's president. Four years later Lawrence would also create the Futurity Stakes, first run on Labor Day in 1888. The Futurity Stakes, commonly referred to as the Belmont Futurity, is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually in mid September at Belmont Park Labor Day is a United States Federal holiday observed on the first Monday in September At the time, the Futurity was the richest race ever run in the United States. Today, both the Suburban and the Futurity are ongoing Graded stakes races held at the Belmont Park racetrack in Elmont on Long Island. A graded stakes race is a term applied by the American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association to a Thoroughbred horse race in History and Information It is world-famous as the home of the Belmont Stakes, the third leg of the Triple Crown. Elmont is a hamlet (and Census-designated place) as well as a bedroom suburb of New York City in Long Island, Nassau County New York Long Island is an island located in southeastern New York, USA, its western shores directly across from Manhattan, from which the island stretches The Lawrence Realization Stakes was named for James G. The Lawrence Realization Stakes was an American horse race first run in 1889 K. Lawrence.
In 1910, the administration of Governor Charles Evans Hughes banned all racetrack betting in New York State. The Governor of New York is the head of the Executive branch of New York 's government and the Commander-in-chief of the state's military Charles Evans Hughes Sr ( April 11, 1862 – August 27, 1948) was a Lawyer and Republican politician from the State The loss of the vast majority of their income resulted in every racetrack in New York State closing their doors. New York ( is a state in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions of the United States and is the nation's third most populous Although the ban was lifted for the 1913 racing season, by then it was too late for the Sheepshead Bay Race Track which was sold to the Sheepshead Bay Speedway Corporation who converted the facility to automobile racing. Auto racing (also known as automobile racing, motor racing or car racing) is a Motorsport involving Racing Cars It The Sheepshead Bay Speedway Corporation ran into financial difficulties in 1917 and the property was sold for residential real estate development. No trace of the racetrack can be found today.
In 1959, the Sheepshead Bay Handicap was named in honor of the old racetrack and first run at the now defunct Jamaica Racetrack in Jamaica, New York. The Sheepshead Bay Handicap is an American Thoroughbred horse race held annually at Belmont Park in Elmont New York. Jamaica Racetrack was an American Thoroughbred horse racing facility opened at Jamaica Queens, New York on April 27 1903 by the Metropolitan Jamaica is a neighborhood in the borough of Queens in New York City. It too is currently held at Belmont Park.