For a quick history lesson, visit Smyrna’s greenway trails. Besides the fact that it is good exercise, there are “markers” along the trail that tell interesting facts about Smyrna’s early years. One of the markers located near the Rec Park on Sam Ridley Pkwy gives a brief description of the town’s early racetrack.
In the early part of the 20th century, the area that is now home to the town’s wastewater treatment plant, was home to a racetrack. Horse racing was very popular in Middle Tennessee and there were several tracks in the area. One source I’ve seen identified Smyrna as one of only 2 sites in the state to host a Steeplechase prior to the current one held in Warner Park (in Nashville).
The pictures shown on the marker are said to be “examples of racetracks” like the one that was located in Smyrna and are not necessarily pictures taken at the Smyrna track.