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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 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

Goshen, NY - In response to the devastating fire at Goshen Historic Track on August 23, the harness racing industry and local community have generously donated over $25,000 to the National Historic Landmark. The board of directors of Goshen Historic Track are pleased to announce that nearly 100 individuals and organizations have already contributed to the rebuilding effort, with more cash and checks rolling in almost daily. Track President Steve Jones noted, "The outpouring of generosity has been overwhelming. We are collectively grateful for the recognition that the sport places in our institution and equally moved that people have stepped up financially. We truly appreciate each and every donation." The United States Harness Writers Association led the way with a $5,000 donation. The Standardbred Owners Association of New York and the National Philanthropic Trust were both a close second with a checks for $2,500 each. In addition, Steve Arnold; A. S. Field; Paul Kelley Racing Stable; North American Gentlemen Drivers Assoc.; LAN Associates; the Monticello Harness Horsemen's Assoc.; Goldstein, Lieberman & Company LLC; and Jan Johnson (Continental Stables) each donated $1,000. $500 donations were received from: Barbara George; Ada Jean Ackerman; Darke County (OH) Harness Horsemen; Marion Jean Wellwood; along with many for $250, $100, $50 and $25. Although the blacksmith shop and one of the historic stables was a total loss, the facility and its supporters are resilient, with horses still stabled at the training center back on the track the following morning. Goshen Historic Track has been hosting Standardbreds since 1838 and is the oldest active harness racing track in the world. Donations will go toward rebuilding and preserving the National Historic Landmark and keeping the tradition of harness racing alive. For additional information, or to make a donation, please call (845) 294-5333; Email:, or send a check to Goshen Historic Track, 44 Park Place, Goshen, NY 10924. from Goshen Historic Track      

By now you are probably familiar with the details of the devastating barn fire at Goshen Historic Track last Wednesday evening. The fire started around 6:00 pm and spread ferociously. We are very grateful that there was no loss of life and that more than 30 horses were rescued from their burning stalls. For this we must thank the quick thinking and responses of good Samaritans, harness racing trainers, Track staff and firefighters.   The following day, work crews were able to salvage some mementos from the historic stables and blacksmith shop. "It's a little early to tell what our exact plans are," said Steve Jones, the Historic Track board president. "But we've been here since 1838 ... We're going to pick ourselves up." More than anything, it is important to keep our national historic landmark a vital part of harness racing history. It is still the area's premier location for boarding, training and racing Standardbreds.   Now, more than ever, we need your support. We will be entering our 108th season of harness racing in 2018. Goshen Historic Track is the oldest active harness racing track in the world. Please help us keep the tradition of harness racing alive. A donation of any amount would be greatly appreciated.   Thank you!   *Goshen Historic Track is a 501C3 non-profit National Historic Landmark. Your donation will be tax deductible.   Here are more details about the fire on the Chronicle (Straus News) website.   Also: read more details about the fire on the Times Herald-Record website.    Visit our website   Check us out on Facebook   Please Help Us Rebuild   Goshen Historic Track | 44 Park Place, Goshen, NY 10924 845-294-5333 

There was a fire at Goshen Historic Track at approximately 6:15 p.m. Wednesday. The blacksmith shop, a row of stalls and most of the BOCES barn were destroyed. We are grateful for the quick and effective job performed by our local fire departments, which came to our rescue and prevented tremendous tragedy for both GHT and our community at large. Their response saved numerous other structures. We would like to express our gratitude to everyone who helped remove the horses from the stalls and ensured their safety, specifically Candyce Conroy, Kristy Nehrkorn and Tim Masters, just to name a few. All the horses were saved and there was no loss of life. We will be working with fire officials regarding cause and carefully reviewing all of our structures to ensure their safety. Our facility is located in the middle of downtown Goshen, and our goal is to improve and maintain this historic facility for our community and the horsemen who support GHT. This loss will be a great challenge for both GHT and our local horsemen. Anyone who would like to contribute to GHT, which is a nonprofit 501c3, please call our office at 845-294-5333 or mail contributions to Goshen Historic Track, 44 Park Place, Goshen, N.Y. 10924. PayPal contributions can be made to Ken Weingartner

Goshen Historic Track wrapped up its 2017 harness racing season Tuesday afternoon with a 10-race card. For those who attended the races any of the 4 days they had the privilege of seeing Kaitlin Jones lead the parade of horses each race with her trusty quarter horse Snoopy.   Kaitlin, a fourth-generation horsewoman, is a resident of Pine Bush, N.Y. and this was the first time she had been a parade Marshall. Kaitlin's ability to bring the horses on the track in order and her outstanding horse handling skills in case of trouble made the races run smooth as silk. If that wasn't enough, the biggest hit was Kaitlin and Snoopy interacting with all the visitors at the track. From kids in strollers to grandparents, everyone wanted to pet or take pictures with Snoopy and Kaitlin. "We have come here for 12 years and this was the friendliest pony around, we didn't own a horse racing but we got our picture taken." Said Stacy Moody or Middletown. "It made me feel so good putting a smile on some of the faces." Kaitlin stated. "I really love horses and I thought Snoopy was a perfect fit, she was a Rockstar." Added Kaitlin Seeing all the kids petting Snoopy and yelling to their parents to run over and pet her added to the great old-style county fair atmosphere that is Goshen Historic Track. The racing as always was competitive and brought cheers but the smiles and happiness that Snoopy and Kaitlin instilled probably will be everlasting to young and old alike. Kaitlin said "I would do it again in a heartbeat." Racing and track officials were absolutely delighted with all Kaitlin did for the racing and the promotion of the track. Presiding judge Ozzie Cole felt "that girl looked like a seasoned pro out there. The fans loved her." Goshen is great racing and behind the scenes there's always people like Kaitlin Jones making it run smooth and making fans smile.   Ross B. Cohen 914-420-7377 or email                  

The Landmark Stakes today at Goshen Historic Track were highlighted by three wins on the harness racing program for trainer/driver Ray Schnittker, and an impressive showing by the first crop of pacing stallion, So Surreal. The Landmark Stakes for 2 year old pacing colts went to Real Ravenbow, wire to wire in 1:57.4 , he is a 2 year old So Surreal colt trained and owned by Janice Connor, Arden Homestead Stable and Crawford Farms Racing. Damion Diesel Hahn, another colt by So Surreal was 2nd in the Landmark Stake, and Thrill of the Chase, yet another So Surreal was fourth. So Surreal has 61 registered foals in his first crop that are now two-year-olds. Racing at Goshen concludes on Tuesday with New York Fair Stakes, there are 10 races scheduled, post time is 1:00pm For full results click here. From Goshen Historic Track

GOSHEN – Gary Smith may have the best seat at Goshen Historic Track. His blacksmith shop sits at the head of the final stretch, and he can usually tell who the race winner is going to be before the public-address announcer can tell the audience. “I love this,″ Smith said, as a field clip-clopped past his location on Saturday, the opening day of action from the Grand Circuit Weekend. “I don’t get as much chance to go to the track and watch races because I’m always working or doing family stuff. Here, I get to watch the best colts in the country and the best drivers, too. These guys are good.″ One would think Smith would be pretty busy as a farrier for an extended four-day racing weekend but he says the stakes are high and most horses come to the track prepared. “They race for $15,000,″ Smith said. “For $100 pair of shoes they are making sure it’s done ahead of time.″ Smith is on hand for mostly repairs and a good conversation. “A lot of people stop in and learn about harness racing, and I know a few things so I answer questions a lot.″ Like, how often do horses get shoes changed? About every three weeks, more or less, Smith says. Are shoes all the same? No, some have different designs to accommodate a track’s conditions and the way the horse takes turns, much like there are different treads on car tires. Are there “Air Jordans” with horseshoes? Actually, yes. There are lighter-weight aluminum models with steel toe-grabs. Smith, 60, learned the trade from his father, Earl, and he runs blacksmith shops at Goshen Historic and Monticello Raceway, each about three days per week. He also makes farm visits in Middletown, Bullville, Pine Bush, Goshen and other places in the mid-Hudson. Most Standardbred horses are gentle creatures but one out of every 100 can be fairly mean, Smith said. He’s learned the tricks on how to keep them calm, and it certainly helps when the trainers and grooms stay with the horse. “Some people will say, ‘I’m too busy to stay with my horse’ ... that’s wrong,″ Smith said. “The horse (feels) you dump me in here and you left ... they feel abandoned, they really do.″ Smith would never call himself a “Horse Whisperer” but he understands them better than most. “You get to know them and get to know their personalities and know their quirks,″ he said. “You get to know if they are going to bite you or kick you. I’ve learned not to fight with them as much. My father told me, ‘Don’t be fighting ... you’re going to lose.’ And he was right. I’ve learned to be nice-nice. The horses feel that right through.″ By Ken McMillan  Reprinted with permission of The Times Herald-Record

On Sunday evening,( July 2nd,) at the Hall of Fame Banquet on the lawn of the Harness Racing Museum "Hurricane Hannah" Miller was presented with the Hall of Fame Amateur Driver's Award for the second consecutive season. Then the next day, she went out and won two amateur driving contests over the famed double oval at Historic Track. "Both horses were very good today," Hannah said via email. "I didn't really get the trip I wanted with Pine Tab in race seven but it ended up working out. "When we rounded the first turn in that one I was able to get a hole (along the pylons) but I didn't want to get locked in so I chose to move him early. We didn't clear Joe Pennacchio and Current Crisis until midway up the backstretch but once Pine Tab made the front he felt strong and went on to a two-length victory." After finishing back in Hidden Identity's last two starts Hannah decided to change her strategy and send the veteran trotter to the lead where he seems to race his best. On June 1st ,in a Billings Trot at Monticello Raceway, she put the grand old campaigner on the front-end and he went wire to wire to and scored an easy victory. "In Hidden's race today I was able to get him out of the gate good and get him to the front where he does his best work. We had a late challenge around the final turn but when I pulled the (ear) plugs we trotted away from LandonFitz (Dave Yarock) and were an easy three-length winner," Miller said, and then added "It was a great day overall and I was lucky to have my family with me." In the first Billings Trotting division Bobby "Hot Rod Chevie" Ciavardini won his first race since 1990 when he guided Baltimor AS to a 2:02.1 victory over Pocket Passer and driver Tony "the Capo" Verruso. After starting from the pole position Ciavardini took early command and then yielded to Pocket Passer and allowed him to cut the fractions. After rebuffing challenges, Verruso and his charge led the way until the top of the stretch where Ciavardini, who traveled along in the catbirds seat moved Baltimor AS out for the stretch run and they trotted away to a three-length triumph over Pocket Passer. Ciavadini had been a racing participant back in the 1980's but switched careers and returned to the racing venues recently after retiring from the construction business. "I didn't drive for 27 years, but about a month ago I got my first drive. I think this my fifth. Right now, I'm having a ball even though my wife thinks I'm crazy,"Ciavardini said with a chuckle. by John Manzi

Goshen, NY --- Lord Cromwell and harness racing driver Jason Bartlett left no doubt as to the best horse in the $17,747 third division of the Landmark Series for 3-year-old trotting colts was on Monday afternoon (July 3) at Goshen Historic Track. They led the field at every fraction (:30.3, 1:01.1, 1:30) to win by 10-3/4 lengths in 1:59.1. The winners of the other seven divisions were Keystone Phoenix, Coach Cummings, Make Music K, Real Rayenbow, Reverend Nanny, Give Up The Ghost and Outtatheballpark. He’s got to go to Buffalo (for New York Sire Stakes) on Sunday so it was kind of a nice mile for him,” said trainer Ed Hart. “He’s very good on a half, he showed that at Freehold (winning the Dexter Cup on May 6). He’s quick, he gets around the turns super. He’s not eligible to the Hambletonian (Aug. 5 at The Meadowlands). We didn’t keep him eligible to a whole lot this year. He had problems last year, started off slow; he got sick, we gelded him and we had a real problem. He almost died, but he’s come around.” Lord Cromwell was bred and is owned by Carolyn Atherton. Cash N Chrome (Brian Connor) was second and Icanflylikeanangel (Jordan Stratton) was third. In the first division of the Billings Series for amateur drivers, Robert Ciavardini returned to his original profession after several decades working in the construction business, winning one of the $5,000 trots with his own Baltimore As. Ciavardini got Baltimore As, an 8 year-old son of Credit Winner, off the gate to the lead at the :30 first quarter and was overtaken by the half by Pocket Passer and Anthony Verruso who held the lead at the 1:00.3 half and the 1:31.4 three-quarters. Ciavardini overtook the leaders in the stretch for the win by 3-1/4 lengths in 2:02.3. Pocket Passer was second and Zorgwijk Impact (Joe Pennacchio) was third. I was in this business in 1968 as a groom at Roosevelt and went on to do it full time, got my trainer’s license, driver’s license for about 20 years," Ciavardini said. “Then in about 1988, I was offered a real job, working construction. I worked for one company in New York City, retired in Aug. of 2016, decided to have some fun. I joined the amateurs, bought a couple trotters, me, my brother and my wife. I have a couple trotters with (trainer) Tommy Merton. I decided maybe I’ll try it again. I wasn’t even thinking of driving, I was just thinking of having a horse to fool around with. But little by little, I saw these amateurs, which we didn’t have when I was in it; I thought I’d try it. My wife thought I was crazy, my kids thinks I’m nuts. But it’s fun, I didn’t drive for 27 years, but about a month ago I got my first drive. I think this my fifth. Right now, I’m having a ball.” Coach Cummings and trainer/driver/owner Ray Schnittker won the second division of $11,150 Landmark Stake for 2-year-old trotting colts wire-to-wire in 2:04.2, but the connections of second place finisher Two Six (Jason Bartlett) were delighted with his runner-up spot, back 4-1/4 lengths from the winner and more than 16 lengths ahead of third place finisher Mass Confession (Marcus Miller). Unlike many of his fellow juvenile trotters, there was no particular science behind Two Six’s bloodlines, says owner Ann Mari Daley, who was trackside at Goshen while her husband, trainer Dan Daley, is recovering at home from injuries in a racing accident two weeks ago. His mommy was my 2-year-old, Royal Moxie and his father (Thanks For Playin) was a 2-year-old out in the field with yearlings when she was a yearling,” said Daley. “They met and fell in love and had a baby. This happened before I bought her. We were training her down in Florida (as a 2-year-old) and she kept coming up flat at the end of the mile and Dan wondered what this is. Dr. Caputo checked her over and first we thought it was cancer because there was a mass. Then he came back to ultrasound her and he saw the mass move. She was getting ready to foal. We foaled out a cute little colt and here he is. He’s not staked to anything, but we paid him into the Landmark and the Reynolds and a few others. He is a good-looking colt and all he wants to do is trot, knock wood.” The final day of racing resumes at Goshen on July 4 at 1 p.m. for New York county fair racing. by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications

GOSHEN – The Grand Circuit holiday weekend always has an extra special meaning for harness racing trainer Ed Hart of Middletown. Hart, originally from Greenwood Lake, was a junior at Monroe-Woodbury High School in 1972. He didn’t like school but he loved riding horses. He learned about a Standardbred horse course offered by the local BOCES and convinced a friend to sign up with him. “I didn’t know anything about race horses,″ Hart said. “My buddy and I joined and 45 years later, here I am.″ The course taught Hart how to be a professional groom and how to start training horses. “I fell in love with it right away,″ he said. Hart first jogged horses at Goshen’s Good Time Park in 1972 and drove his first harness race at Goshen Historic Track a year later. Now 61 years old, Hart trains 18 horses out of the Kristie Leigh Farm, located two miles away from Goshen Historic, the centerpiece of the Great American Weekend festivities. Hart had three horses competing on Saturday, has four more running on Hall of Fame Sunday and one more on Monday. “I love coming here,″ Hart said between his second and third races on a blistering hot Saturday afternoon. “I’ve been doing this in this area for a very long time. I love it. I love the Goshen weekend.″ Hart specializes in training young horses, mainly 2- and 3-year-olds. Mornings start about 6:30 a.m. at the farm, with stalls cleaned and horses being fed and jogged. He’ll arrive at Goshen Historic about 11 a.m. on Sunday, two hours ahead of post time for the first of 14 races – he has four entries from the 1 o’clock start through the 11th race, which should go off shortly after 3 p.m. ″(Sunday) will be very busy – Hall of Fame day, lots of people,″ Hart said. ”(It) won’t be a fun day.″ Hart was joined by his wife and two grooms on Saturday, and he’ll need a staff of five for a busier Sunday. Hart has developed a solid reputation over the years, and his horses run regularly at Yonkers, Monticello, The Meadowlands and Pocono, in addition to upstate tracks Buffalo, Batavia and Vernon Downs during two busy summer months of fair season. “This is more of a fair atmosphere,″ Hart said of Goshen Historic. “There are tents here and horses from all over. Usually when you go to a race track, you go right to the paddock and it’s all set up for you, you go to an assigned stall. Here, it gets a little confusing. You have horses all over the place, plus you have to park your trailers up on the (side) roads. It is what it is. It’s a lot of fun.″ On Saturday, he had three horses finish second: Roll With Ann in the first race, Project Rock in the third, and America’s Fleet in the ninth. Hart’s friends say he can be a little uptight during races, “but I am not screaming and yelling,″ he said. “I am always a little bit nervous. You are always looking to try to make things better for next week so you are watching (intently).″ Training horses is year-round work and has been Hart’s life passion for 45 years but he readily admits it’s not for everyone. “It’s a tough, competitive game,″ he said. “It’s tough to make a living. It’s tough to raise a family but I’ve done it. I have to tell you, I just love the horses. Sometimes in the morning, in the springtime, when you are out there jogging, you can’t believe you get paid doing this stuff. When you’re winning, it’s a great game. It can be tough when you’re not doing so good, though.″ Still, nothing beats returning to Goshen Historic on Hall of Fame induction weekend. “The place will be packed,″ he said. “The people enjoy it. There’s no gambling but it doesn’t matter. People love the racing and the atmosphere. And for the four days of the year, it’s great to be here.″ By Ken McMillan  Reprinted with permission of The Times Herald-Record

When harness racing driver John Campbell gets behind the gate at Goshen Historic Track on July 2 for the Mr. and Mrs. Elbridge Gerry Memorial Trot (race 4 at approximately 2 p.m.), he'll see a familiar face to his left. In post eight, driving the trotter Pig Hunt, Campbell will be next to Bill O'Donnell, driving Toss Cartwright from post seven. It will be the last race in the U.S. for both men, who are Canadian-born. O'Donnell made the decision when he found out at the Dan Patch dinner in Las Vegas in February that David Miller would be attending Legends Day at Clinton Raceway in Ontario, a biennial fan-centered day, to be held this year on July 30. I said, "Good. You [Miller] can drive in my place. John was there and he said, "Well, that's my last drive why don't you do it, too? Let's do it together, our last drives.'" O'Donnell, seven years older than Campbell, has 5,445 wins and $90.6 million in purses, and is now the president of the Central Ontario Standardbred Association. He trained a small stable until recently, though he's kept his equipment - "I'm sure I'll find something to train," he says. The two men dominated harness racing in the '80s and '90s, with O'Donnell having 20 seasons of $1 million or more while Campbell has continued with 38 seasons of a million or more and eight of $10 million plus. O'Donnell was the first driver to reach $10 million in a year in purses, hitting that mark in 1985. "I wish he had retired 30 years ago, it would have been a lot better for me," says O'Donnell with a laugh. His driving in recent years has been limited to fan-friendly events, like those at Goshen and Clinton. "They're lined up for a quarter of a mile [at the meet and greets], same as Goshen," says O'Donnell, "year after year after year." Campbell will also stay focused on the fans in the future, he says. "It's my last time driving, but it won't be my last time at Goshen," he says. "I'll still come and see people, go to the [induction] dinner on a regular basis, it's not like I'm never going to be back at Goshen." On Sunday, Campbell will line up against many drivers with which he competed on a nightly basis for decades at The Meadowlands and in major races across North America. Aside from O'Donnell, Wally Hennessey, Dick Stillings, Brian Sears (to be inducted Sunday night), Jimmy Takter, Dave Palone and David Miller will also compete in the race. "We'll get together and reminisce and laugh about some of the silly stuff years ago," said Campbell. "The camaraderie is always great." Historic Track is giving away a commemorative photo of Campbell with some of the best horses of his career and a detailed list of his accomplishments to the first 500 paid admissions on Sunday. Fans can say hello and get him to sign it after the Hall of Fame drivers race. Campbell and the other drivers will have sharpies at the ready, "I'll be able to handle that - that won't be an issue," he says. "It's always special at Goshen because the fans are right on top of you (in the grandstand up against the racing surface], it's the personal interaction and they're always so enthusiastic and so nice at Goshen. It's fun to be part of that. I really appreciate it so much." Historic Track is located at 44 Park Place in Goshen. Admission is $5 (includes a program) for adults and children are free. They're located behind the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame at 240 Main Street in Goshen, where admission is always free. Ellen Harvey 

The second leg of the Hall of Fame and Museum Amateur Racing Series will be held in Goshen, New York on Monday, July 3, with a purse of $5,000. This race is in addition to the scheduled Billings Series race on that same day. If more horses are needed for the Museum race, harness racing drivers in the Billings race can be eligible for the Museum series by paying a $100 entry fee. The FIRST leg took place on January 21 at The Isle of Capri at Pompano Park in Pompano Beach, Florida. A resounding success, the support from the amateur driving community at Pompano raised over $3,000 for the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame in Goshen. Three races were contested with the winning drivers Museum Vice President Steve Oldford behind JLS TOO HOT TAJ, Dein Spriggs with A CROWN FOR LINDY and Fred Cohen behind THEKEPTMAN. Museum trustee Ebby Gerry, Jr. presented the trophies. A special thanks is in order for John Berry in promoting the series, Rosie Huff of the FSBOA for her help and the Florida Amateur Driving Club for their contribution of driving commissions to the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame. The THIRD leg of the series is planned for the Meadowlands on August 4 during Hambletonian week, then on to the Delaware County Fair on September 21 for the Final on Little Brown Jug day. Janet Terhune    

When John Campbell makes his last drive in the United States on Sunday, July 2, at Goshen (N.Y.) Historic Track, fans will have a few chances to get a remembrance of his historic career as harness racing's leading money winning ($299.9 million) driver of all time. The first 500 paid admissions to Historic Track on Sunday will get a commemorative 8.5x 11 photo of Campbell with some of the best horses of his career, including Mack Lobell, Peace Corps, Merger, Miss Easy and Life Sign. (See attachment). The back of the photo details Campbell's statistics and accomplishments. After the annual Mr. and Mrs. Elbridge Gerry Memorial Trot for Hall of Fame drivers on Sunday, Campbell will be available to sign those photos at the track. He will be joined by eight other Hall of Fame drivers signing their photos: Bill O'Donnell, who will also be making his last U.S. drive that day, Ron Waples, Jimmy Takter, David Miller, Dave Palone, Wally Hennessey, Dick Stillings, and Brian Sears, who will be inducted in to the Harness Racing Hall of Fame that night. In addition, the Harness Racing Museum, adjacent to the second turn of the track at 240 Main Street, will sell signed John Campbell bobbleheads ($50) as well as a signed poster of Campbell, designed in pop art style by Raymond Lance, for $100. Mugs based on the Historic Track poster will sell for $15 at the Museum. All proceeds benefit the Museum's mission to preserve and promote the sport of harness racing. Those that cannot get to Goshen on July 2 can order by calling 845-294-6330. "We are delighted that John has agreed to the sale of these souvenir items to help celebrate his long and important career," said Janet Terhune, Museum director. "John has made so many fans for the sport and we're happy to have a way for them to remember and celebrate his contributions." By Ellen Harvey / Harness Racing Communications/USTA

GOSHEN — Horses were trotting and pacing again at Goshen Historic Track last Sunday, June 11. The races began on schedule on a beautiful sunny day, and a track record was set as "Keystone Velocity" lived up to his colorful name. The aged pacing stallion surpassed the 1982 record for his class by 5 seconds or 25 lengths. "Gonnakissmeornot" and "Precious Blue Chip" also had a great day, along with five other magnificent Standardbreds that won their races at the world’s oldest harness racing track and earned their owners and drivers a spot in Winner’s Circle.  Many of the horses that won or placed train and board at the track year-round. The matinee race was the second in the 107th season of racing at Goshen’s venerable national historic landmark. This year is turning out as a memorable one for the track. Besides the addition of an equine hydrotherapy spa that is available to all horses in the region, the original grandstand, a bequest of Mrs. Mary Harriman in 1911, was entirely refurbished. The iconic roof and cupola over the BOCES barn, where BOCES students once learned about equestrian care, is now being restored. There has also been a lot of landscaping and beautification of the 22-acre site. As the season progresses, even more improvements to the venue will be seen. One doesn’t have to be a horse racing fanatic to enjoy the sight of magnificent Standardbreds trotting and pacing in a 19p-century setting.  Every year Goshen Historic Track provides fun for the whole family. The upcoming Grand Circuit Races, which are part of the national harness racing circuit that leads up to the prestigious Hambletonian, fall on the 4th of July weekend and coincide with two days of Goshen’s annual Great American Weekend. Goshen Historic Track is a year-round boarding and training facility for many of the finest racehorses in the area. By the 4th of July weekend, many will be running the Grand Circuit Races at the track. The $5 price of admission is a bargain price that can’t be beat. Children 12 and under are admitted free.  For more details, visit the track’s website: By Roger Dowd Reprinted with permission of The Chronicle

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