: Latonia Race Track was built in 1883 and was considered a force in racing, offering top horses, top jockeys, and the country's richest purses. In its heyday the race track offered the major horse race of the year, the Latonia Derby. The Latonia Derby often outshone the Kentucky Derby. In July 1939, Latonia Race Track closed due to the effects of The Great Depression. The property was sold to Standard Oil of Ohio, the track was torn down, and racing disappeared from Northern Kentucky. The spirit of Latonia Race Track was reborn in 1959 when Turfway Park opened in Florence, Kentucky. View on Ohio Memory.
: SA1039AV_B01F04_001 Subjects
: Arts and Entertainment; Sports; Racetracks (Horse racing); Plants and Animals; Horses; Jockeys Places
: Cincinnati (Ohio); Hamilton County (Ohio); Covington (Kentucky); Florence (Kentucky)