Completing A Dream: Track Prepares For Its Opening

LOVINGSTON — When the first horse and harness crosses the finish line at Oak Ridge Estates it won't just mark the completion of a one-mile race.

For estate owner John Holland, it will mark the culmination of a dream.

He's wanted to bring harness racing and pari-mutuel betting to the 4,900-acre estate since 1993.

The original track, a mile-long oval built by the stock market tycoon Thomas Fortune Ryan in 1909, was last used in 1932. Construction delays and an aborted attempt to bring NASCAR to the area slowed down horse racing plans, though.

September 24, 2001 via Daily Press