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Toulnusol. “Sunflower” in French. Meguro Ward also has a racetrack.
There are houses and elementary schools in the Meguro Racetrack ruins, and only the road around the racetrack and the Meguro-dori bus stop “Former Racetrack Mae” only leave an impression of the time.

At that time, the Meiji government encouraged horse racing with the aim of improving and increasing the production of warhorses, as Japanese horses were struggling to struggle against Russian horses during the Russo-Japanese War. The Japan Horse Racing Association was established in March 1907 (March 1907) in response to these policies, but the great profitability demonstrated at the Ikegami Racetrack the previous year was also a great motivation. .
Meguro Racecourse, which was established on the land about 1 km away from Meguro Station on the Yamanote Line by the Japan Horse Racing Association, has a total area of about 210,000 square meters. At the time, it was equipped with new facilities, such as the addition. The viewing stand consisted of a three-story building No. 1 with a guest room and a building No. 2 with 48 entrances.
The first horse race was held at Meguro Racecourse in December 1908 (December 1907). Among the spectators who gained popularity from the first day and were excited about the development of the race, there were women's figures, and there was also a viewing by Ambassador Kiyokuni.
However, when horse racing became popular nationwide, bankruptcies began to appear, and the Meiji government, which was worried about the disruption of morals, banned the sale of betting tickets in 1908.
When betting tickets were not sold, the number of spectators decreased and the management of Meguro Racetrack became strict.
In 1914, Keio Racecourse began a side show of gifting department store gift certificates to the winners of Katsuma. This idea immediately attracted more than 12,000 spectators and held the audience's interests until the betting ticket was revived.

The government, which eventually reviewed the utility of betting tickets, enacted the “Horse Racing Law” that allowed betting tickets to be released. In 1923, the first horse race under the New Horse Racing Law attracted more than 16,000 visitors, despite immediately following the disaster of the Great Kanto Earthquake in September of the same year. In the fall of the following year, 25,000 visitors were counted. With the revival of the betting ticket, the Meguro Racecourse regained its vitality again.
Amidst such excitement, the first “Japan Derby” will be held at this Meguro Racetrack on April 24, 1932 (April 24, 1932), which will determine Japan ’s best 4-year-old horse. It became.
On the day of the rainy season, the winner of the Toulnusol child was the Wakataka, who won the clear crown.
By the way, the Meguro Racecourse was loved by non-horse fans. In 1911, the American aviator Mars took a model flight, and in 1913, the first car race was held in Japan. . However, it was not possible to win against the wave of residential land that was rushing in, and in the spring of 1933, the second “Japan Derby” was held and it was decided to move to Fuchu.
Meguro Racetrack is here

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