Growing up in Raceland, Kentucky, I knew some of the significance behind the town’s name. It was named for the “Million Dollar Oval.”
Raceland is a former a horse racing track, operating between 1924 and 1928. The 1.5-mile track and 4,000-seat grandstand was upscale – and the oval was lavishly decorated with elaborate pink and maroon roses. Financial difficulties forced Raceland to close in 1929. Keene went on to develop the famous Keeneland race track in Lexington.