Monday, May 25, 2009

Opening of the Blue Bonnets Race Track

I found this notice in an old La Presse newspaper announcing the opening of the Blue Bonnets racetrack on the 4th of June 1907 and here is my translation:

The Montreal Jockey Club proceeded on the 4th of June 1907, the opening of the Blue Bonnets racetrack. Some 3000 persons assisted at this initial "meeting". The main race, the Mount-Royal handicap, was won by Lotus Eater. The drawing by Paul Caron illustrates the end of the "King's Plate" race, third on the program, won by Woodbine with a comfortable lead.

The Blue Bonnets racetrack as well as other racetracks in Quebec are dying of a natural death due to the changing habits of the public preferring the Casinos as well as betting on-line. 


From the private collection of Raymond Aubry, a SHGV member.

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