LIRR Service to Parr Meadows Racetrack
"Suffolk Meadows was a quarter horse racing facility on Long Island that operated during 1977 and 1986. The racetrack was situated on a 65-acre (0.26 km2) parcel located in Yaphank northwest of the William Floyd Parkway interchange on the Long Island Expressway.
The racetrack first opened in 1977 as Parr Meadows and closed following a 113 day meet after the bank defaulted on loans. Although the track was not built by developer Ron Parr, the Parr Organization assumed ownership after the original builder ran out of funds. In May 1986, horse racing briefly returned to Suffolk Meadows for an 86 day stint. The racetrack ceased operations on October 18, 1986."
Here's a Google Map showing its location and the LIRR Yaphank Station
The following brochures and pictures were contributed by Big John - Fan of the Sunrise Trail.
It seems the LIRR anticipated having regularly scheduled commuter trains to Yaphank and a special Press Train was run in advance of that.