Newmarket Race Course and the Gates family
Big Time Horse Racing on the Danforth, 1853 to 1912
I am grateful to Melanie Milanich and John Ellis of the Beach and East Toronto Historical Society for first drawing my attention to the current lack of awareness about the track and its owners, and for providing the foundation (and the title) for the current articles.
I have added a good deal of information from several online databases , all freely available to Toronto Public Library cardholders, which were not available when I wrote my original piece almost 40 years ago. Most useful were Ancestry, Canadiana Online, and the historical newspaper archives of the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star. Thanks also to Mary Campbell for her editorial suggestions.