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  • Narragansett Park was an American race track for Thoroughbred horse racing in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. On May 18, 1934, a special Rhode Island election was held where, by a 4-1 margin, parimutuel wagering was made legal. Walter E. O'Hara formed the Narragansett Racing Association and was named president and manager. James Dooley was appointed Racing Secretary, while being acknowledged as the controlling interest. Previously, the Association had purchased the What Cheer Airport after the State of Rhode Island had picked a Warwick, Rhode Island location for the new official state airport. The former landing strip was on a tract of land just south of historic Slater Park and on an elevated plain west of the Ten Mile River. At the time, the river had been dammed downstream to form a reservoir for the East Providence, Rhode Island water supply. Horse racing was about to return to "The Ocean State", and at a top-flight racing venue. Wikipedia

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