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  Delusions of Grandeur!     

Birmingham Turf Club Vision of Southern Gentlemen and there Belle's sipping champagne while enjoying a day at the races faded quickly at the Birmingham Turf Club. The owners quickly realized that this wasn't how the Birmingham elite wanted to spend their days. They revised the setting to accommodate the less fortunate in life. That didn't work either. Birmingham's purse value was listed as 6 which would indicate they tried to present better class racing. At that time a PVI of six was equal to mid level tracks.

Birmingham Race Track is still in existence today it is a cavernous facility that cater to the couple of hundred patrons who turn out for the dog's that now run there! .

In 2011 there was an effort made to return thoroughbred racing to Birmingham. It doesn't appear to have gained much traction. Ironically there was no turf course at Birmingham Turf Course. Larry Collmus, who is the track announcer at Churchill Downs and the voice of the Breeders Cup got his first regular assignment at Birmingham. Top trainer Steve Asmussen, also started out with a string of horses at Birmingham.

Fact or fiction? The story goes that on the second day of operation the track ran out of programs and one of the managers suggested they just use the ones from the day before!