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Hippodrome de Montréal

The Hippodrome de Montréal (also known by its original name as Blue Bonnets Raceway) is a horse racing and casino facility in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

It is operated by an agency of the Province of Quebec called Societe Nationale du Cheval de Course (SONACC). Hippodrome de Montréal is an all-purpose racetrack that includes live harness racing, simulcast wagering from racetracks in the United States, and off-track betting parlors. The facility has two restaurants along with hundreds of video lottery terminals and slot machines.

History of Hippodrome de Montréal

In 1872 the original Blue Bonnets racetrack opened for thoroughbred horse racing. It was located in Ville Saint-Pierre.

In 1905 John F. Ryan founded the Jockey Club of Montreal, and on June 4, 1907 the Club opened a new Blue Bonnets Raceway on Decarie Boulevard. Montagu Allan was president of Blue Bonnets Raceway from 1907 until 1920 when he was succeeded by J. K. L. Ross, owner of Sir Barton, the first thoroughbred to win the U.S. Triple Crown.

As part of a program honoring important horse racing tracks and racing stables, the Pennsylvania Railroad named its baggage car #5801 the "Blue Bonnets."

In 1932, Joseph Cattarinich, Leo Dandurand, and Louis Letourneau purchased Blue Bonnets Raceway. 1943 marked the first appearance of harness racing and in 1954 thoroughbred flat racing ended.

In 1958 Jean-Louis Levesque purchased Blue Bonnets and built a new multi-million dollar clubhouse. In 1961 he brought back thoroughbred flat racing.

In 1965, Paul Desmarais' Power Corporation of Canada acquired control of Blue Bonnets.

In 1970, Robert Campeau's company acquired the facility. New owners took over in 1973 and thoroughbred racing would end by 1976.

In financial difficulty, in 1991 a municipal government corporation, Société d'habitation et de développement de Montréal (SHDM), acquired the Blue Bonnets facility.

In 1995 the Blue Bonnets was renamed Hippodrome de Montreal.

Hippodrome de Montréal Contact Information

Address: Hippodrome de Montréal
7440 boulevard Décarie
Montréal (Québec) H4P 2H1
Phone: +1 (514) 739-2741
Fax: +1 (514) 340-2025

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