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Opening Night 1940
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George Morton Levy was an astute businessman and in 1939 he gathered a group of investors who, embarked on creating Roosevelt Raceway.

Levy, a Freeport (NY)-based attorney who was one of the country's most successful trial lawyers, created Roosevelt Raceway and built it into the most successful harness track in American and branded it as the world capital of harness racing.

In 1939, Levy formed the Old Country Trotting Association, desirous to see the sport of harness racing garner more attention than just at the county fair level. He used his many talents to make this dream come to fruition.

Levy built his racetrack in Westbury, Long Island on the field where Charles Lindbergh began his historic trans-Atlantic flight to Paris.However,

Levy lacked the horses needed to run a proper meet. Thus, Opening Day - August 26, 1940 - he had only 27 horses to fill a program when 60 were needed. Fortunately, it rained hard that season and Levy was forced to keep his facility closed until Labor Day.

Levy even brought patrons in from the railroad stations via horse and buggy to guarantee grandstand attendees. "It was bleak," he said. "You couldn't get people to come out even if you bought their dinners and paid for their transportation.

In 1943, due to wartime travel restrictions, Roosevelt shared a 35-day season with Buffalo, Saratoga, and Goshen's Good Time Park at the old Empire City Thoroughbred track-(now Yonkers Raceway). For the first time, Roosevelt Raceway realized a small profit.

However, races were often delayed because of numerous false starts (sometimes, as many as 10-15 recalls a night). Always the innovator, Levy solved the problem in 1946 by introducing the mobile starting gate at a personal cost of $52,000.It was an immediate success, and fans soon started coming out in droves to watch and wager on the races.

Roosevelt welcomed more than 1.1 million patrons in 1946 and steadily built its way toward average nightly attendance of nearly 20,000 fans.The bucolic country racetrack was being stretched far beyond its capacity and, when attendance peaked at 35,048 in 1953, Levy decided it was time to map out a super track.

George Morton Levy did more for the sport of harness racing than any individual or group of individuals. In 1966, he was inducted into the Hall of fame of the Trotter at Goshen, N.Y. A true pioneer of the sport, he is generally regarded as the father of night harness racing.
RR 1960
Computer Dating    1968