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Goshen, NY. The crowd grew to "standing room only" for Goshen Historic Track's annual Kentucky Derby Day fundraiser on Saturday. More than 200 people were drawn to the scene emulating Church Hill Downs, from the hat contest, to television sets tuned to the prerace reporting and the Derby, the betting booth.... and the mint juleps. Guests feasted on a buffet catered by Delancey's while listing to live music by Dave & Dusty's Band.. There were games for kids, as well as wagon rides around the track pulled by two outstanding draft mules, Romulus and Bev, owned and driven by Kay O'Hanlon and Ed Myruski. The wagon ride was overwhelmingly popular with adults and children alike. Topping 25 stunning hats and models, it was a daunting task for judges Crystal Tweed, Barbara Martinez and Amanda Dana to choose three finalists. Emcee Ken Tschan kept the crowd cheering while introducing each contestant as they strutted before the crowd. First place finish, Yvonne Eaton; 2nd place finish, Sindi Price; and third place finish Diane Eisgruber The event was organized by Linda Myer, Manager, heart, soul, and driving force, along with many talented employees, and a group of devoted volunteers and sponsors. Linda, thrilled with the crowd, said "every year builds on the previous year. The mule team was such a great success, and we look forward to seeing them again." Romulus and Bev, draft mules, driven by Kay O'Hanlon      Photo by Geri Schwarz Overhearing several guests question whether harness racing continues at Historic Track, since it had been decades since their attendance, the Goshen Historic Track team wishes to remind everyone that racing for the 2019 season begins with matinee racing on June 16 and June 23, and grand circuit competition on July 4, 5, 6, and 7. Post times 1:00 p.m. If you haven't been to Goshen for "decades" or have never experienced the excitement, see our sport played by the most talented trainers, drivers and equines in the industry. We've be at it since 1838. Oh, and the point of this article, the Kentucky Derby? Country House won, paid $132.40....and the preceding and ensuing mayhem is already history.   by Geri Schwarz and Amanda Tweed

Goshen, NY - Proving that it takes a village to raise a barn, nearly 200 local dignitaries, business people, politicians and horsemen stood on the hallowed ground of Goshen Historic Track to witness the groundbreaking of the new building project on Tuesday. Known throughout the land as the World's Oldest Harness Racing Track, the National Historic Landmark survived a devastating fire in August 2017 to emerge with plans to overcome adversity and erect a new structure in conjunction with the neighboring Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame. "We are excited to enter into this joint venture with the Hall of Fame," noted track president Steve Jones, "and collaborate on a building project that bonds the future of both of our entities, while preserving our treasured past." Museum president Larry DeVan agreed. "We are thrilled to continue to support Harness Racing's legacy in the Cradle of the Trotter, and strive to build upon it's celebrated origins in Goshen that began in 1838." The idea of pooling resources was recognized as a solution one of the Hall of Fame's biggest challenges: Where to store the enormous quantity of items and artifacts that continues to be donated to the Museum. The intention is to utilize the soon-to-be-constructed historic replica "barn" that occupies land on the grounds of Goshen Historic Track. Also on hand to speak to the importance of the project were Harry Porr, Deputy Orange County Executive; Doug Bloomfield, Town of Goshen Supervisor; Mike Nuzzolese and Kyle Roddy, current and former Mayors of the Village of Goshen; Ted Lewis, Goshen Building Inspector; and Barbara Martinez, Executive Director of the Goshen Chamber of Commerce. Although each speaker brought their own unique perspective to the project, one consistent theme was prevalent: the significance of harness racing to Goshen and the assistance needed to realize this vital rebuilding endeavor. Museum director Janet Terhune, who has helped spearhead the project noted, "The track is in the home stretch of its second century of operation. We owe it to the sport of harness racing to ensure that this grand history is promoted and preserved, and in this case, revitalized." For more information about the building project, including sponsorship and donation information, please Email: rebuild@goshenhistorictrack.com or go to: http://goshenhistorictrack.com/restoration/   Chris Tully

Goshen, NY - The great trotting mare Check Me Out only has two foals of racing age, and both are track record holders at the track that their mom called home. Check Me Out raced to fame and fortune in 2011 and 2012 for Ray Schnittker and her first two foals - Mooska Stride - 3,1:56h at Goshen Historic Track (GHT) on Sunday, July 1 and Check Out Trixie - 2,1:58.4h at Goshen on Friday, June 29 were both Track Record performances. Through three days of racing at Goshen Historic Track, Cameo Hills Farm in Montgomery, which produced all three of these fillies, has bred the winners of six races at GHT - Check Out Trixie, Major Sugar Rush, Hickfromfrenchlick, Damion Diesel Hahn, Mooska Stride and Youcouldbethatgirl. The first four are trained by Ray Schnittker while Mark Harder trains Mooska Stride and Dan Daley conditions Youcouldbethatgirl. by John Manzi, for Goshen Historic Track

Goshen, NY - Continuing a tradition that has endured for decades, but updating the presentation to a Grand Circuit Race Day, the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association made their annual $4,000 donation Saturday (June 30) to Goshen Historic Track. Track president Steve Jones was on hand to accept the donation from chapter president Chris Tully. Jones stated, "We truly appreciate the consistent and generous support of our local chapter of harness racing scribes. They help us to continue to shine during our important Grand Circuit race meet. And they throw a pretty good banquet too!" Jones and Tully were flanked by USHWA National president Shawn Wiles and Museum director Janet Terhune as well as officers and directors from Historic Track in the winner's circle following the second race Saturday at the Cradle of the Trotter. The amount of the donation has increased to $4,000 from past years, thanks in part to new fundraising venture, the Iron Horse Poker Run, a recent motorcycle event that brought over 120 Harley-Davidson enthusiasts to Goshen's Hall of Fame. In addition, a successful banquet and souvenir journal are the primary fundraising mechanisms which allows the benevolent organization to make annual donations to both Historic Track and the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, which will receive their $4,000 donation at tonight's Hall of Fame induction ceremony. This year's banquet will be the chapter's 60th annual event and is being held at the Fountains at Wallkill Golf Club on Sunday, December 2, 2018, with the main honoree being Frank "the elder" Antonacci of Lindy Farms. by Chris Tully, for the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of USHWA

Goshen, NY--On the sweltering Saturday afternoon of June 30th in Trot-Town USA with the temperature hovering in the mid-90's two Billings divisions went to post over Goshen's Historic Track and when they were declared official Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford and "Smokin' Joe" Faraldo each emerged victorious in their respective divisions. Oldford winning with Starsaboveallerage in 1:58 while Faraldo scored behind Tough Get Going in 2:00 flat. And although each contest had short fields action was intensified when each winner scored a tight nose decision. In Oldford's contest he sent his trotter to the lead from the two-hole and they carved out fractions of :29.2; :59 and 1:28.2 with "Joltin' Joe" Pennacchio and Cheeky Little Minx shadowing the leader's every move. However, when Starsaboveallerage rounded the final turn and headed for home he was quickly joined by Cheeky Little Minx and the two trotters raced for the wire head-to-head and nose to nose and when the photo was deciphered Oldford's trotter was a nose better that Pennacchio's. "My horse went a game race and he hung tough when we were challenged by Joe's horse( Cheeky Little Miss) in the deep stretch. And we were so close at the wire I wasn't sure who won it,"Oldford said and the added "I was happy to hear the announcer call my horse the winner." Third place some 4-1/2 lengths behind the top two was Connie Keeper, driven by Scott "the driving doctor" Woogen. Oldford Racing owns the winner who is trained by Allen Sisco. In his division, Faraldo gunned Tough Get Going to the lead when the wings of the mobile gate folded but yielded command to Winwood Scout and driver David "Poppa" Glasser before the quarter which was clocked in :28.2. "I really had no other choice but to grab leather and let Glasser take command or else he would have run me down," Faraldo said. "We got over to the half in :59 seconds and I was still comfortable when we passed we three quarters and I sat in until we rounded the final turn at which point I moved to challenge and we cleared Glasser and braced for a challenge from (Matt) Zuccarello (with Gianni) Like the previous Billings event it was a two-horse charge to the wire and so close a photo was needed to declare a winner. Gianni was a nose back at the wire and Winwood Scout faded and finished third. Faraldo co-owns the winner with trainer Richie Banca. And for "Joltin' Joe" it was his first winner on American soil this year after having had two victories in France earlier this season. by John Manzi, for the Billings Series

Goshen, NY --- Check Out Trixie attracted plenty of attention Friday (June 29) at Historic Track, winning the $8,475 Landmark Stakes for 2-year-old female trotters in a track-record 1:58.4 on the opening afternoon of the half-mile oval's four-day Grand Circuit meet. The clocking shattered the previous mark of 2:01.3 for a 2-year-old female trotter, which was set by Daytona Blue Chip in 2012. Check Out Trixie, trained and driven by Historic Track-based Ray Schnittker, is a daughter of 2014 Hambletonian winner Trixton out of Schnittker's two-time Dan Patch Award winner Check Me Out. She prepped for her career debut at Historic Track with a 1:57.4 win in a qualifier June 20 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Her Pocono win time is the fastest of the season so far for a 2-year-old filly trotter on a five-eighths-mile track and her Historic Track clocking is the fastest for a 2-year-old trotter on a half-mile track. Check Me Out is owned by Schnittker and Steve Jones, who also are the breeders of the filly. She is part of Trixton's first crop as a sire and the second foal out of Check Me Out, who won 25 of 31 races at ages 2 and 3 and set multiple world records. "The mother, in my mind, is one of the greatest trotting fillies of all time," Jones said. "Trixton looks like he's got horses that have speed. I guess in time we'll find out if they have quality. I saw a couple at the Meadowlands that looked like they could fly. So I think he's off to a good start. This looks like probably his best filly, but you never know. Time will tell. But it looks like she's off on the right foot." Jones said Schnittker liked Check Out Trixie from the beginning and the filly is staked heavily. "Who's to say whether she's good enough to be the top dog, but she's off to a good start," Jones said. "I think trotting in (1):58.4 over this racetrack is a pretty good accomplishment. "I'm hoping that she shines when the lights get bright later in the summer." Jones also was the breeder of two other Landmark Stakes winners, with Major Sugar Rush (Art Major-Sugarcoated) taking the $12,100 event for 3-year-old male pacers in 1:54.2 and Hickfromfrenchlick (So Surreal-My Girl's A Star) winning the $11,000 event for 2-year-old male pacers in 1:57.3. Major Sugar Rush was driven to victory by Jordan Stratton for trainer/owner Schnittker. It the gelding's first win in eight starts this season. Hickfromfrenchlick, a reference to the nickname of basketball legend Larry Bird, was driven to his career-debut win by trainer Schnittker, who owns the colt with Nolamaura Racing and Thomas Spatorico. The Nolamaura Racing group is based in Goshen and led by Patrick English and also includes his father, Kerry. The family owns a beer distributorship. "This is our third year of racing," Patrick said. "The stable name is Nolamaura Racing; it's my two daughters' names. This is just a group of guys that like to have beer and have fun and we're just lucky to be with Ray and have a good horse. "I'm the third generation on the board of directors here at the track. My dad is on the board and my grandmother was here. It's fun to be involved and give back and now actually have a horse that looks really good and is winning." Other winners on the card Friday were Grammy Winner in the $6,125 Landmark for 3-year-old female trotters, Solitary in the $6,125 Landmark for 3-year-old female pacers, Midnight Express S in the $13,600 Landmark for 3-year-old male trotters, Ladybeluckytonite in the $9,125 Landmark for 2-year-old female pacers, and Amico Mio Bi in the $14,350 Landmark for 2-year-old male trotters. Grammy Winner (Credit Winner-Grammy Hall) won in 1:58.3 for driver Tyler Buter and trainer Todd Buter. The filly is owned by Gene Oldford Farms, Lynette Buter, William Fuhs, and Carol Fuhs. She has won three of 13 lifetime races and earned $24,733. Solitary (American Ideal-Lonesome Day) won in 1:55 for driver Marcus Miller and trainer Nick Surick. The filly is owned by William Daggett Jr., Lawrence Vukovic, and J L Benson Stables. She has won three of 22 career starts and earned $71,555. Midnight Express S (Maharajah-Truly Devoted) won in 1:58 with Oskar Florhed driving for trainer Ake Svanstedt. The colt is owned by Olle Leven and has won four of 14 career races (and three of his last five) and earned $32,881. Ladybeluckytonite (Art Major-Run On Luck) won in 1:57.3 for driver Jordan Stratton and trainer Rick Dane Jr., who owns the filly with the Rock And Roll Stable. Ladybeluckytonite has a win and a second in two races, with $17,687 in purses. Amico Mio Bi (Donato Hanover-Lapponia) won in 1:59.1 in his career debut for local owners Janice Connor, who also trains the colt with her husband Chuck, Brian Connor and Ebby and Peter Gerry's Arden Homestead Stable. Stratton piloted Amico Mio Bi to the victory. "He's a nice colt, so hopefully he'll keep going like he is," Chuck Connor said. "We made some changes on him that helped him. We put the trotting hobbles on him for the half-mile track. When we trained him last week he was a little shaky in the turns, but not bad. We wanted to steady him a bit with the hobbles and it worked. We'll keep (the hobbles) on now and just let them out for the bigger tracks. "He seems like he's improving, so that's a good thing." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA 

Ron Waples always enjoys returning to Historic Track in Goshen, N.Y., but this year's visit will combine business with pleasure. The business comes in the form of competing in Sunday's $10,000 Mr. and Mrs. Elbridge Gerry Memorial Trot, an invitational race for Hall of Fame drivers. The pleasure will be seeing renowned writer Dave Briggs inducted into the Communicators Hall of Fame during festivities later that evening. "I always liked Goshen," said Waples, a Toronto native who was inducted into the U.S. Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 1986. "Even back when I was racing New York-sired horses, it amazed me that there is no betting there but you've got all the fans. That just takes you back to your roots. "When you look up there in the grandstand and it's full and everybody is hooting and hollering and cheering, it just gives you a very good feeling." The Gerry Memorial Trot is the highlight of the third of the four-day Grand Circuit meet at Historic Track. The meet coincides with the sport's Hall of Fame inductions, which will be held Sunday evening at the adjacent Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame. Also participating in the Gerry Memorial Trot are Wally Hennessey, David Miller, Dave Palone, Brian Sears, Richard "Dick" Stillings, and Jimmy Takter. Commemorative cards will be distributed to the first 500 fans on Sunday and the Hall of Famers will be available for photos and autographs following the race. Waples won the Gerry Memorial Trot in 2015. When asked if he was looking forward to this year's event, he responded with a laugh, "How did I draw?" When informed he drew post six, he laughed again and asked, "Did I get any power?" He then said, "It's a pretty big honor to be in there. The Gerry family, they support (harness racing and the museum) so much, it's unbelievable really. I think everybody kind of feels the same way; you don't want to let them down and you want to help out a little bit. If this helps out a little bit, then so be it." Among this year's Hall of Fame inductees are breeders Jules Siegel and Margareta Wallenius-Kleberg, and the late horseman Hakan Wallner. Briggs will join announcer Carl Becker as inductees into the Communicators Hall of Fame. Briggs, who like Waples resides in Ontario, has received a record 11 John Hervey Awards for excellence in harness racing feature writing and reporting. He also is a three-time winner of the Standardbred Canada Media Excellence Award for Outstanding Written Work as well as the recipient of multiple International Harness Racing Media Awards and American Horse Publication Awards, and the Ontario Equestrian Federation Media of the Year Award. "I have a special feeling this year because Dave Briggs is getting inducted there," Waples said. "He's just one of a few. He's a great writer and a great guy and just all for the sport. It will be worth the trip just for that." Racing begins at 1 p.m. each day at Historic Track. For Sunday's complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA   

Olle Leven is no stranger to harness racing success in the U.S. and the Monaco resident hopes to add to his accomplishments with his Swedish-born homebred trotter Midnight Express. Midnight Express, a son of 2014 Prix d'Amerique winner Maharajah out of Leven's mare Truly Devoted, is among the horses competing Friday at Historic Track in Goshen, N.Y., on Landmark Stakes Day, which kicks off the four-day Grand Circuit meet at the half-mile oval. Midnight Express is only the second Maharajah-sired horse to race in the U.S., following Swedish-born filly Unau in 2015. Leven's previous triumphs in North America include winning the 1995 Hambletonian Oaks with Lookout Victory and capturing three Breeders Crown trophies, with Lookout Victory in 1994 and 1995 and with Dream Of Joy in 1999. Dream Of Joy received the 1999 Dan Patch Award for best 2-year-old female trotter. "That was many years ago," Leven said with a laugh about those successes. "But never mind that. I have had it." Leven also raced Credit Winner, who was the runner-up in the 2000 Hambletonian and is one of the sport's top trotting sires, producing the earners of more than $87 million. He remains a member of the Credit Winner Syndicate. Midnight Express was foaled in Sweden, but raised at New York's Blue Chip Farm, where Credit Winner stands, before being sent to trainer Ake Svanstedt. Leven had purchased Midnight Express' dam, Brittany Farms-bred Truly Devoted, for $100,000 at the 2008 Lexington Selected Sale and, after two starts in the U.S., brought her to Sweden where she earned the equivalent of approximately $200,000 on the racetrack. Truly Devoted's family includes stakes-winning females Cherished Victory, Keystone Profile and Act Of Grace, who is the grandam of 2010 Hambletonian winner Muscle Massive. Miss Marita, the dam of Dan Patch Award-winner Passionate Glide, also is a member of the family. "I looked at Truly Devoted, I liked Truly Devoted, and we bought her," Leven said. "She was a good mare for me." Midnight Express has won three of 13 career races and earned $26,081. He heads to the $13,600 Landmark Stakes for 3-year-old trotters with two wins and two second-place finishes in his past four starts, all at Yonkers Raceway. The colt is staked to the Yonkers Trot, Matron Stakes, Carl Erskine Trot, Bluegrass Stakes, and Reynolds Memorial. "When Ake moved to the U.S., I said to myself, give my Swedish horse a chance," Leven said. "I like Midnight Express and I like to race in the United States and I wanted to use Ake because he was the absolutely best trainer in Sweden when he decided to move to the U.S., no doubt about that. "I'm pleased so far. We have raced at Yonkers this year four times; two wins, two seconds. I'm pleased. More than that, I'm very pleased." Leven, who owns two racehorses at the moment, watches Midnight Express' races on the Internet. "I can't say exactly what I like most about him," Leven said. "He's not a horse with quick speed, but he is very, very strong." It seems fitting that a son of Maharajah is racing at Historic Track during the Grand Circuit meet, which coincides with Sunday's Hall of Fame inductions at the adjacent Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame. Among the inductees is Margareta Wallenius-Kleberg, the owner of Menhammar Stuteri, which bred, raced and stands Maharajah. In addition to the Landmark Stakes for 3-year-old trotters, Historic Track hosts seven more Landmark Stakes on Friday, with events for 2- and 3-year-old male and female pacers and trotters. Dawn Anderson's New Jersey Sire Stakes champion Take A Wish is competing in the Landmark for 3-year-old female trotters. Ray Schnittker's filly trotter Check Out Trixie, a daughter of 2014 Hambletonian winner Trixton out of Schnittker's two-time Dan Patch Award winner Check Me Out, is among the 2-year-olds making career debuts. Racing begins at 1 p.m. at Historic Track. For Friday's complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Goshen, NY - Goshen Historic Track, where it all started and where it still is today, is prepping for its 182nd season of exciting harness racing and 2018 will be the 108th year of Grand Circuit Racing at "the Cradle of the Trotter". Racing action this year commenced with three matinee racing programs on the consecutive Sundays of June 3, June 10 and June 17 and this year marked the 57th consecutive season of matinee racing over the historic double-oval. Grand Circuit racing begins on Friday, June 29 and will feature the Landmark Series and the CKG Billings Harness Driving Series. Then on Saturday, June 30, 3-year-old pacers will be featured in New York Sires Stakes action. However, the creme de la crème of the racing meet is the $10,000 Mr. and Mrs. Elbridge T. Gerry Memorial Trot which will be presented on Sunday, July 1 and feature various members of Harness Racing's Hall of Fame at the controls, which has always been a fan favorite. Hall of Famers who will be participating this season include: Brian Sears, Dave Miller, Jimmy Takter, Dave Palone, Dick Stillings,Wally Hennessey and Ron Waples. Autograph cards will be distributed to the first 500 racegoers on Sunday(July 1) and then after that featured race is completed the Hall of Famers will be available for photos and autographs. Also slated on the July 1st card is the New York Sire Stakes for 3 year old trotters and the race under saddle. And then in the evening, on the lawn of the Harness Racing Museum, will be the annual Hall of Fame Banquet. The 2018 racing season ends on Monday, July 2nd with the New York Sire Stakes for horses competing in the County Fair division. All post times for racing will be at 1pm. Also part of the Historic Track offerings this season will be the Goshen High School Graduation on Friday, June 22 followed by a concert on the facility's stage on Friday,June 29 after the racing card is completed. On Tuesday, July 3 through Saturday, July 14 Historic Track will host the Harness Horse Youth Foundation followed on Saturday, July 28 with the Jimmy Sturr Concert. The annual Car Show is set for Sunday, Sept. 2nd and the tracks Golf Outing fundraiser is scheduled for Monday, September 10. by John Manzi, for Goshen Historic Track    

GOSHEN, NY - Harness Racing at Goshen Historic Track comes just once a year. It should not be missed. For those new to harness racing, a visit to the historic oval will make quick fans of the sport.  For just a few days each year many talented trainers and drivers convene at Goshen Historic Track. They bring the "creme de la ceme" of standardbred trotters and pacers to compete in the New York Sire Stakes Excelsior Series, County Fair Series, Landmark Stakes, and the famous Hall of Fame invitational. In addition, delight in the excitement of amateur competition and racing under saddle. Established in 1838, Goshen Historic Track was designated a "national historic landmark" in 1966, well before Churchill Downs received the title in 1986. Historic Track is the oldest continuously operated horseracing facility in the United States, .With the absence of betting, this is truly a "sport for sport's sake." It has been told that harness racing in Goshen began as early as the 1750's, with neighbors showing off their horses by racing down Main Street. Eventually this put the pedestrians at risk; thus, the track. The delightful and exclusive ambiance allows you to feel the history. Take a stroll through the barn and paddock area, visit the magnificent equine athletes, talk to horse people who are always eager to show off their steeds and talk about their plans. And if you hunger for more information on the rich and extensive history of the sport, its heroes and innovators, the Harness Museum is next door. The racing kickoff concert featuring Dusty, Dave & The Boys; Sue & The Blind; and Black Dirt Bandits on Friday, June 29 at 6 pm. Gates open at 5:15 pm. Food and drink available for purchase. Tickets $8 in advance, $10 at gate, $5 for seniors, vets, active military, children 12 and under Free. There is something for everyone! Matinee racing continues on Sunday, June 17. Grand Circuit Racing June 29 and 30 and July 1 and 2. For information call (845) 294-5333, or visit goshenhistorictrack.com. by Geri Schwarz, for Goshen Historic Track

Goshen, NY - The two year old trotter, The Chutzpah Kid, raced to a 209.1 victory in his first ever race experience at Goshen Historic Track's matinee on Sunday, June 10.  Trained and driven by Chuck Connor, Jr., the son of Conway Hall, is owned by Alan Schwartz, President of the Monticello Harness Horsemen's Association and a leading amateur driver, with over 600 driving wins to his credit. Alan's wife, Alicia, remarked, "this is fun, so far." In other "baby" races (2 year olds), Joseph Chindano, Sr., sent his two Heston Blue Chip colts to the gate, Send a Note and Hot Seat, in a competition that saw Send A Note, reined by Joseph Chindano, Sr., victorious. In a wire to wire victory, Send A Note was challenged during the last quarter when Jordon Stratton pulled Rock America, but was unable to catch him. In another two year old competition, Jordan Stratton reined pacer Hurrikane Norakane to a 2:03.1 victory following a 2:07.4 second place finish last week. Joseph Chindano, Sr. marked a second victory with his Roll With Joe filly, Qing Qong Blue Chip driven by Michael Petrelli. And in the open competition, cheers and congratulations to Marianna Monaco who enjoyed her first driving win behind veteran 9 year old trotter, Baltimore As. Cathy Gearwar of Benson, Vermont rode her 5 year old Armbro Hall to a 2:06.1 under saddle victory. Armbro Hall is trained by Peter Gearwar and owned by Cathy and Peter Gearwar. Dubbed "Senior Day", there were gift bags, giveways, 50's music, and cheers for the babies who might one day make harness racing history. Matinees continue on June 17. Grand Circuit Racing on June 29 and 30, and July 1 and 2. Post time at 1:00 P.M. by Geri Schwarz, for Goshen Historic Track

The 2018 season at Goshen Historic Track opened today with five exciting and picturesque matinee races. Although the fields were short, two year old trotters and pacers rounded the oval for the first time to a receptive and vocal crowd. Jonathan Klee Racing and partners introduced two 2 year old pacing fillies and two 2 year old pacing colts to the spectators. Trained and driven by John McDermott, Hurrikane Lori Ann and Hurrikane Emperor won in 2:07.4 and 2:08.1, respectively. Pictured is Hurrikane Lori Ann, driven by John McDermott, passing Hurrikane Norakane, driven by Brian Connor, in the stretch, ultimately beating her by a nose. As a matter of fact, the wrong horse and driver came to the winner's circle to pose for the photo before the race was official. In an added treat, Racing Under Saddle Trot, Sasha Moczulski, owner, rider and trainer of Hyway Marcus, wooed the crowd with a wire to wire win in 2:14.3. Matinee Racing continues at Goshen Historic Track on June 10 and 17. Grand Circuit racing on June 29, 30 and July 1 and 2. Post time at 1:00 p.m. by Geri Schwarz, for Goshen Historic Track

Goshen, NY - The Cradle of the Trotter had some "Rolling Thunder" of its own this Memorial Day weekend as 120 motorcycle enthusiasts helped raise over $2,000 to benefit Goshen Historic Track and the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame. The inaugural Iron Horse Poker Run, presented by the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), enjoyed a capacity crowd of Harley-Davidson owners and riders, who participated in a 70-mile loop around Orange, Sullivan and Ulster counties. Chapter Vice President/Secretary Janet Terhune noted, "The attendance was even better than we anticipated, and the riders really enjoyed touring the museum and learning more about Harness Racing and its considerable influence on American history." Attendees were treated to a delicious buffet before and after the ride in beautiful Haughton Hall at the Harness Racing Museum, the hosting venue. Clubs such as the Blue Knights of New York XIV and Harley Owners Groups from Wurtsboro and Orange County also participated. Several contingents came from as far away as Pennsylvania, Connecticut and New Jersey to "ride through the Gunks." The route also happened to pass by Standardbred nursery Blue Chip Farms, which is nestled in the shadows of the Shawangunk Mountain ridgeline. Shawn Wiles, the Chapter's Vice President/Treasurer, as well as the National USHWA President, was equally pleased with the outcome. "Anytime you can raise money for the Track and Hall of Fame, and introduce new people to Harness Racing...it's a 'win-win'" Door prizes from O'Tooles Harley-Davidson in Wurtsboro and the new Resorts World Casino in Monticello added significantly to the grand prize of $500 cash for the best poker hand. Having enjoyed a great turnout, along with such overwhelmingly positive feedback from the participants, the prospects of turning the Iron Horse Poker Run into an annual event are stronger than ever. The primary beneficiaries of the funds raised by the Chapter through this new affair, in addition to their annual Awards Banquet, have always been the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame and Goshen Historic Track...two distinct entities that share the same hallowed ground and a mutual purpose of preserving and promoting harness racing. Matinee harness racing at Goshen Historic Track begins this weekend on Sunday, June 3rd and continues for the following two Sundays (June 10 & 17). The Harness Racing Museum is open with free admission, Tuesday through Sunday. Four days of Grand Circuit racing begins Friday, June 29, with Hall of Fame Day slated for Sunday, July 1, concurrent with Goshen's Great American Weekend. by Chris Tully for the Iron Horse Poker Run           

Goshen Historic Track, where it all started and where it still is today, is prepping for its 181st season of exciting harness racing and 2018 will be the 108th year of Grand Circuit Racing at "the Cradle of the Trotter". Racing action will commence with three matinee racing programs on consecutive Sundays beginning with June 3 and continuing on June 10 and June 17. Post times for the matinee race cards will be at 1pm. This year will mark the 57th consecutive season of matinee racing over the historic double-oval. Grand Circuit racing begins on Friday, June 29 and will feature the Landmark Series and the CKG Billings Harness Driving Series. Then on Saturday, June 30, 3-year-old pacers will be featured in New York Sires Stakes action. On Sunday, July 1 will be the annual Hall of Fame Trot with various members of Harness Racing's Hall of Fame at the controls, which has always been a fan favorite. Then after that race is completed the Hall of Famers will be available for photos and autographs. Also slated on the July 1st card is the New York Sire Stakes for 3 year old trotters and the race under saddle. The 2018 racing season ends won Monday, July 2nd with the New York Sire Stakes for horses competing in the County Fair division. All post times for racing will be at 1pm. Also part of the Historic Track offerings this season will be a Poker Run on Saturday, May 26 and Goshen High School Graduation on Friday, June 22. There will be a concert at the facility on Friday June 29 after the racing card is completed. On Tuesday, July 3 Historic Track will host the Harness Horse Youth Foundation followed on Saturday, July 28 with the Jimmy Sturr Concert. The annual Car Show is set for Sunday, Sept. 2nd and the tracks Golf Outing fundraiser is scheduled for Monday, September 10. by John Manzi for Historic Track

John E. Bach, Sr., age 93, of Goshen, died Thursday, February 8, 2018 at Valley View Center, Goshen, NY. John was born July 3, 1924 in Goshen, NY, the son of the late Frederick W. Bach and the late Rebecca (Brede) Bach. He served in the U.S. Army in the 15th Air Force during World War II, as a bombardier with the 455th bomb group and later became a first lieutenant. He flew a total of 39 combat missions as a bombardier navigator aboard B-24 Liberator bomber planes. His combat took him to the Rhineland, Northern Apenines, Po Valley, the Balkans, North Africa, Italy, and Egypt. He was reported missing in action over Germany in 1944 and spent time as a POW in Germany and Poland, after his plane was shot down in Krakow, Poland. For his service, he was awarded an Air Medal and three oak leaf clusters. Upon his liberation and honorable discharge in 1945, he found work as a real estate broker and went on to establish a career in title insurance industry spanning five decades. He formed Goshen Abstract Corporation in 1959, PJ Enterprises Inc. in 1966 which was the first title insurance agency in Orange County and Hill N Dale Abstracters in 1972 with his fellow colleagues Paul G. Miller and Elmer Budd. His professional legacy lives on today through his son attorney, John E. Bach, Jr., and stepsons John and James Wood who succeeded to his ownership in Hill N Dale Abstracters, Inc. Although he retired in 1999, he was able to remain a strong presence at Hill N Dale Abstracters until his 90th birthday in 2014. John was an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Monroe, VFW, the American Legion, Cataracts Engine & Hose. Most importantly, John was a 35-year member of the Goshen Historic Track and U.S. Trotting Association. He spent his entire life in Goshen, his beloved home. He was proud to be one of the last “Goshen Boys”, and loved to reminisce about the good ol’ days as a farm boy growing up at the racetrack. Harness racing was in his blood. His father worked as a teamster at Good Times Track, and John and his brothers spent their childhood summers volunteering at the track during racing season. As teenagers, they worked as ushers and valets during the Hambletonian. John worked every aspect of the sport, as a clerk, a jogger, a timer, served on the Board of Directors, and even tried his hand at driving. He loved to boast that the only years he was ever absent from the July 4th Racing Weekend was during his service in World War II. Born on July 3, he lived for this weekend, and could be found in his box seat every year up through his 91st birthday. John also owned race horses for the majority of his adult life, buying his first horse in 1973 and selling his last in 2014. He accomplished his life-long dream of winning a New York Sire Stake in Buffalo on June 19, 2010 with racehorse “Flirtinwithcowboys”. John is survived by his wife: Carol (Mesnica) Bach at home; children: John Bach Jr. of Chester, Kevin Bach and wife, Celine of Middletown, Bernice Holmbraker and husband, Peter of Goshen, Rosemarie Tveit and husband, Stanley of New Hampton, Marguerite Bach of Raleigh, NC, Jamie Neumann and husband, Joseph of Hilton Head, SC and Rebecca Columbus of Wrightsville Beach, NC; stepchildren, Cheryl Samz and her husband, Gary from Waukesha WI, James Wood and wife, Wendy of Goshen, and John Wood and wife, Marlene of Montgomery; 21 grandchildren: Jessica (Kevin) O’Shea, Michael (Kristin) Guilfoyle, Kristen (Tim) Farber, Aaron Tveit, Fr. Jon Tveit, Kayla Neumann, Bradley (Alexandra) Neumann, Bryan Columbus, Paul Columbus, Thomas Columbus, Michele Wood, Sara Wood, Ryan Wood, Jared Wood, Erin Wood, Katie Rose Duff, Brian Duff, Taylor (Matt) Raimondo, Kyle Doce, Allen Faust and Alana Buono; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by four brothers: Frederick, William, Robert, and Peter; and two sisters, Joan Cox and Rose Bach. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. on Monday, February 12 at the Donovan Funeral Home, Inc., 82 South Church St., Goshen, NY. Funeral Service will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, February 13 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 21 Still Road, Monroe, NY. Burial will follow in the Orange County Veteran’s Cemetery, Goshen. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John’s name to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 21 Still Road, Monroe, NY 10950 or the Goshen Historic Track, 44 Park Place, Goshen, NY 10924. Arrangements under the care of the Donovan Funeral Home, Inc. To leave a condolence visit www.donovanfunerals.com Reprinted with permission of The Times Herald-Record

GOSHEN, NY - Each year for the past three decades the Auxiliary of Goshen Historic Track has been raising money for the National Historic Landmark. And this year is no exception. The Auxiliary, spearheaded by Judy Green and Eveline White along with a dedicated group of women, annually work tirelessly through various fundraisers to help raise financial support and at season's end they donate the money they raised to Historic Track. "The Auxiliary of Goshen Historic Track had a lovely evening a few nights ago at Limoncello's Restaurant in Goshen(NY) with six members of the Track Board. At that meeting we presented our annual donation to the Board, which this year was $10,000," noted Eveline White," co-president of the Goshen Auxiliary. "This generous donation would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of the Auxiliary members. Judy and I bid a sincere thank you to all!" At the dinner Auxiliary co-president, Judy Green, who is also a longtime member of the Historic Board of Directors, presented a $10,000 check to Steve Jones, president of the Historic Track Board of Directors. Board member Janet Durso joined in the ceremony. "We are always so very appreciative of the Auxiliary's dedicated efforts and we can't thank them enough," Jones said upon receiving the check. "Every year the ladies do an outstanding job and work tirelessly to raise money for Historic Track." by John Manzi for Historic Track

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