Shuttered U.S. Racetracks (Since 2000)

The following U.S. racetracks have closed since 2000. In this same time span, to my knowledge only three new tracks have opened: Pinnacle in Michigan – which, as you’ll see below, closed after only two years – Presque Isle in Pennsylvania, and Oak Grove in Kentucky. It must be noted, however, that both Presque Isle and Oak Grove are racinos, meaning they never could have opened without subsidization from the state. Clearly, the demand for the racing product itself is going in one direction – progress.

The shuttered tracks (36 and counting):

Suffolk Downs, Massachusetts, closed 2019 after 84 years of abusing horses

Portland Meadows, Oregon, closed 2019 after 73 years of abusing horses

Hazel Park, Michigan, closed 2018 after 69 years of abusing horses

Les Bois Park, Idaho, closed 2016 after 46 years of abusing horses

Atlantic City Race Course, New Jersey, closed 2015 after 69 years of abusing horses

Balmoral Park, Illinois, closed 2015 after 89 years of abusing horses

Maywood Park, Illinois, closed 2015 after 69 years of abusing horses

Sports Creek Raceway, Michigan, closed 2015 after 28 years of abusing horses

Hollywood Park, California, closed 2013 after 75 years of abusing horses

Mount Pleasant Meadows, Michigan, closed 2013 after 28 years of abusing horses

Eureka Downs, Kansas, closed 2011 after 108 years of abusing horses

Atokad Downs, Nebraska, closed 2011 after 55 years of abusing horses

Northwest Montana Fair, closed 2011 after unknown number of years abusing horses

Yellowstone Downs, Montana, closed 2011 after 65 years of abusing horses

Blue Ribbon Downs, Oklahoma, closed 2010 after 47 years of abusing horses

Dayton Days, Washington, closed 2010 after 122 years of abusing horses

Manor Downs, Texas, closed 2010 after 20 years of abusing horses

Pinnacle Race Course, Michigan, closed 2010 after 2 years of abusing horses

Waitsburg, Washington, closed 2010 after 99 years of abusing horses

Walla Walla Fair, Washington, closed 2010 after 144 years of abusing horses

Western Montana Fair, closed 2010 after 96 years of abusing horses

Anthony Downs, Kansas, closed 2009 after 105 years of abusing horses

Rockingham Park, New Hampshire, closed 2009 after 103 years of abusing horses

Solano Fair, California, closed 2009 after 58 years of abusing horses

Bay Meadows, California, closed 2008 after 74 years of abusing horses

Jackson Harness Raceway, Michigan, closed 2008 after 60 years of abusing horses

Great Lakes Downs, Michigan, closed 2007 after 18 years of abusing horses

Rochester Fair, New Hampshire, closed 2007 after 73 years of abusing horses

Woodlands Racecourse, Kansas, closed 2007 after 17 years of abusing horses

Northampton Fair, Massachusetts, closed 2005 after 62 years of abusing horses

Saginaw Valley Downs, Michigan, closed 2005 after 25 years of abusing horses

Sportsman’s Park, Illinois, closed 2002 after 70 years of abusing horses

Brockton Fair, Massachusetts, closed 2001 after 60 years of abusing horses

Garden State Park Racetrack, New Jersey, closed 2001 after 59 years of abusing horses

Playfair Race Course, Washington, closed 2001 after 100 years of abusing horses

Lone Oak Park, Oregon, closed 2000 after 67 years of abusing horses