Lew Barasch Roosevelt Raceway Collection

Cover Image:
Roosevelt Raceway
Roosevelt Raceway

Collection Facts

Extent:
1004
Dates of Original:
1940-1988

Historical Context

Roosevelt Raceway was the most important racetrack and entertainment venue in New York State between 1940 and 1988. Founded by Long Island attorney George Morton Levy and a small group of investors, Roosevelt Raceway, located in Westbury, New York, was a pioneer in the sport of Harness Racing. Night racing, the mobile-starting gate, air conditioning and closed circuit television were all innovations showcased by the $20 million dollar “Dream Track.” Roosevelt Raceway had something for everyone including four restaurants, sixteen bars, hot dog concessions, free hot bullion on cold winter nights, and of course great racing.

Scope of Collection

The Lew Barasch Roosevelt Raceway Collection is an extensive archive of photographs and press information generated by the track, highlighting the races, people, celebrities and special events that made up the life of this popular venue. Named for Roosevelt Raceway’s legendary publicist Lew Barasch, the collection represents thousands of images rescued from the shuttered track prior to its demolition in 2000. The hum of excitement that emanated from the raceway each night can be seen in these images of exuberant fans, elegant gatherings and superb racing that were the hallmarks of Roosevelt Raceway.