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Galesburg’s Rich Horse Racing History

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Galesburg’s history has so much to do with the railroad, and a local historian says a sport that will be in the national spotlight next weekend was practiced in town, thanks in part to the railroad.

Historian Rex Cherrington says a year after the railroad came to town in the 1850’s, a horse racing track was formed, but it was small — in that only one horse was taken around the track for harness racing at a time.