Ak-Sar-Ben Racetrack opened its gates on September 14, 1920, to an eager crowd of 8,500. The Governor of Nebraska, S.R. McKelvie, and the City of Omaha officially dedicated the million dollar facility. Admission was a mere 85 cents.

For four days — September 14th through 17th — trotting, pacing and running races took place with four harness and two running events each day. Over the years, thousands of races followed with fans packing the grandstand in anticipation, betting their dollars and crossing their fingers in hopes of a victory.

A record crowd of 31,969 attended Ak-Sar-Ben on July 10, 1982. In 1984, Omaha’s beloved track was the sixth most popular horse racing track in the nation in terms of attendance. Ak-Sar-Ben closed in 1995.

More than 88 years and countless winning circles later, Pinhook Flats has arrived. On the grounds of glory.

The local ABC affiliate (KETV) recently produced a news story about the Ak-Sar-Ben redevelopment effort featuring the Pinhook Flats Apartment complex. .

Historic photos from the Bostwick-Frohardt Collection, owned by KM3TV and on permanent loan to the Durham Museum, Omaha, Nebraska.


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