Growing up in Raceland, Kentucky, I knew some of the significance behind the town’s name. It was named for the “Million Dollar Oval,” a horse racing track.

Raceland, a 1½-mile track adorned with elaborate pink and maroon roses with a grandstand that could hold 4,000 spectators, only operated for a scant four years between 1924 and 1928. Financial difficulties forced Raceland to close in 1929.