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Two years ago the Historic Track Board of Directors had a dilemma; refurbish the track offices located under the grandstand or move to the Arden Clubhouse. But that too, needed renovating. Either way, the upgrade posed a costly problem especially for the non-for-profit organization. "We decided that our best move would be to renovate the Arden Clubhouse," noted the then Board president, Bernie White. "And we're so glad we did. The old offices under the grandstand had seen their best days so we figured the Arden Clubhouse would work best for us." Though the decision was a daunting one, still something had to be done. And it was. The exhaustive task was completed and by the time that the first snow began to fall the Arden Clubhouse was ready. "It wasn't an easy task," White admitted. "Since the Arden Clubhouse is part of the National Historic Landmark certain rules and regulations had to be adhered to." Serving as the track office, the Arden Clubhouse is where all track business is done; from Board Meetings to anything that pertains to the racing and training operations. On October 14, at the recent meeting of Historic Track's Board of Directors, new Board president, Steve Jones, appreciatively accepted the non-profit 2013 Goshen Restoration Unlimited Preservation Award handed to him by Goshen Preservation president, Maureen Quattrini. According to Jones, the metal plaque will be displayed on the Arden Clubhouse for all the world to see. by John Manzi, for Goshen Historic Track

The countdown is on. In just a few days, horses and riders will be competing to capture the first title of the New York Racing Under Saddle Fair Series. The seven race series, which featured six race legs that were held at county fairs across the state, will culminate in a championship final race at Tompkins County Fair in Trumansburg. The series ran throughout the months of July and August, giving participants the opportunity to earn points towards the final. In order to be eligible for the final, horses needed to compete and finish in any two of the six legs. Eleven horses participated in the series with seven qualifying to race in the final. Six of those will be racing for the championship. Entries are as follows and are based on points earned: Vassar Hall to be ridden by Michelle Crawford Kash Now to be ridden by Michelle Miller Truth In Action to be ridden by Karen Isbell My Irish Molly to be ridden by Jocelyn Lavigne John-Michael to be ridden by Tara Hynes Lemon Pepper to be ridden by Jennifer Lowrey Vassar Hall leads the group going into the final race with 75 points. The 10-year-old mare trained by Brett Crawford has won every leg she has participated in. Her first victory of the series was on July 10 at Afton Fair in a time of 2:11.4. She then defended her title at the Otsego County Fair in Morris on July 29. Crawford then continued her winning streak with Vassar Hall at the Chenango County Fair in Norwich on Aug. 5. There, she won the second RUS division, crossing the finish line in 2:07.4. Kash Now is sitting in second on the point list with 51 points. Michelle Miller has ridden the 10-year-old mare to one victory this season, winning in 2:12 at the Seneca County Fair on July 14 in Waterloo. Kash Now, trained by Michael Miller and owned by Lance Diehl, has also taken a second and three thirds in the series.  Truth In Action was ridden to victory by owner and trainer Karen Isbell during the first leg of the series on July 3 at Goshen Historic Track. The 8-year-old gelding took second to Vassar Hall in the second division of the Norwich race. Although Truth In Action only raced in two races, he has earned 35 points and sits third on the point list. My Irish Molly got a late start in the series, but it was a great one. Jocelyn Lavigne rode her to a victory in the first division of the Norwich race. Although the mare only raced in one race, she earned a point and qualification into the final for showing up at Steuben County Fair in Bath, which was cancelled due to rain. Horses that showed up and checked in earned a point and eligibility for the final race.  John-Michael, owned by Terry Miller and trained by Michael Miller, has earned 21 points. The 6-year-old gelding raced in Afton and Norwich, taking second in both with Tara Hynes aboard. He also earned a point for showing up for the race in Bath. Lemon Pepper has also only raced in two legs of the series and has earned five points. The 15-year-old gelding is owned, trained and ridden by Jennifer Lowrey and received one point for finishing in the first leg, three points for placing fourth in the second division in Norwich and one point for showing up at Bath. The RUS NY 2014 Fair Series has a final race purse of $2,000 along with more than $1,500 in prizes from sponsors. In addition to series sponsors Draper Therapies and Horse Quencher, Hawthorne Products donated a gift basket and NY Equine Fitness Center at Cleremont Farms is donating a Race & Recovery package valued at more than $1,250. The R&R package includes three treatments in their equine salt water spa and their hyperbaric chamber -- the only hyperbaric chamber in all of New England. Riders in the final race will also receive gift bags from the sponsors in addition to a pair of riding gloves donated by Big D’s. There will also be a High Point Rider Award presented at the final to the rider who has earned the most points, regardless of horse(s) ridden throughout the series, with points earned for their finish in the final race as well. The current standings of qualified riders are as follows: Michelle Crawford–75, Michelle Miller–50, Karen Isbell-35, Jennifer Lowrey–25 and Tara Hynes–25. Many other sponsors also contributed services and financial support to the series. The series was made possible thanks to the following sponsors: Flagship Sponsor: New York Sire Stakes; Marketing Sponsor: Horsefly Group; Series Sponsors: Draper Therapies, Horse Quencher, Crawford Farms, Hawthorne Products, and Eric Abbatiello Racing. Race sponsors included Barb and Rick Bateman and T&K Harrington, LLC. by C J Millar, for RUS NY

July 14, 2014, Waterloo, NY – The inaugural RUS New York 2014 Fair Series is now well underway with three of the six legs completed. The series kicked off at Goshen Historic Track on July 3, followed by the second leg July 10 at Afton Fair. Seneca County Fair in Waterloo held the third leg on July 14. So far, all the races have been met with enthusiasm from the spectators and fellow horsemen, with many thanks to the support of the New York Sire Stakes and all of the fairs’ race committees and staff members. The race in Afton had 4 finishers and went in a time of 2:11.4, won by Michelle Crawford on Vassar Hall. Second went to John Michael with rider Tara Hynes aboard, followed by Kash Now ridden by Michelle Miller and Striking Mystery with Jennifer Lowrey. The race was also the Frank Tingley Memorial, with a cooler donated to the winner from his family who was in attendance in the winner’s circle to present the prize, alongside CJ Millar of RUS New York, who had prizes from series sponsors Horse Quencher and Draper Therapies. Frank was a huge supporter of RUS, with his wife Lia a regular for RUS exhibitions at Afton fair since 2001 (pictured at left). The Seneca County Fair race meet was Monday, July 14 in Waterloo, New York. The race had 2 starters and went in a time of 2:12.0 with winner Michelle Miller on Kash Now. This officially puts both Michelle and the horse in the lead for horse and rider points, as we gear up for the second half of the series races. Thanks to the addition of some new sponsors, a few purses will be increasing and RUS New York has announced the High Point Rider Award for the rider earning the most points during the season, regardless of the horse or horses they race. Both the High Point Rider Award and the Series Champion Horse will receive gifts from Hawthorne Products in addition to the other national series sponsors. The next race will be held at Otsego County Fair, Morris, NY on Tuesday, July 29. Points earned by finishers count towards their qualification for the final race, as well as for the High Point Rider Award, to be held at Tompkins County Fair in Trumansburg, New York on August 19. For full race conditions and current standings, please visit the RUS New York website ( by CJ Millar, for RUS NY

MONTICELLO, NY- For the 31st consecutive year the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association has again made a donation to the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame. Organization representatives presented a $3000 check to both Museum President Larry Devan and Museum Director Janet Terhune prior to the ceremonies at the Hall of Fame Banquet on the lawn of the Museum in Goshen, NY on July 6. Last November at a Historic Track Board of Directors Meeting the Monticello-Goshen Chapter also donated $3000 to that National Historic Landmark. And earlier this year the chapter made a $500 donation to the Saratoga Harness Hall of Fame. Since the1980's the Monticello-Goshen Chapter USHWA has donated tens of thousands of dollars to Goshen Historic Track and the Harness Racing Museum. Money for the donations was made possible from successful chapter banquets and the continued support of the chapter's charity journals. "We thank all those who participate in our annual awards banquet and charity journal and we are very fortunate to be able to raise the money..... and when we do.... it is our pleasure to donate the profits back to the industry; especially to Historic Track and to the Harness Racing Museum Track, which are not only in our own back yard but very dear to the hearts of everyone in harness racing," noted Chris Tully, USHWA National President as well as the president of the Monticello-Goshen Chapter. Monticello-Goshen USHWA vice president and USHWA National Second VP, Shawn Wiles, added: "Goshen is to harness racing what Cooperstown is to baseball." Prior to annual donations to the Hall and Historic Track the Monticello-Goshen Chapter USHWA used to support a college scholarship but it was decided long ago that when the organization donates money it would be in everyone's best interest to support the harness racing industry. On Sunday evening, November 16th the chapter will hold its 56th Annual Awards Banquet at The Fountains on Sands Road in Middletown, NY. by John Manzi, for the Monticello-Goshen USHWA Chapter

On Saturday July 12, at new Meadowlands, Orange Bigi (6f SJ's Caviar-Emerald City-Donerail) qualified in 2:01 for Sofia Fredlund and trainer Joe Hanney. The same day, at Saratoga Harness, a monte/RUS exhibition was staged that drew an eight horse field. The top two finishers were a nose apart in the 2:04.4h contest with Jessie Say More (4g Jailhouse Jessie-Need We Say More-Super Ben Joe) securing the victory for Michelle Crawford and trainer Frank Davis. Tymal Oh So Nice with Heather Reese aboard was second with Admirable Hanover and Jennifer Conner third, ten lengths back. Action continues Sunday July 13th at Ocean Downs with a three horse field battling for a $6,000 purse. The field consists of CJ's Crown (Caroline Green), Flowing James (Tara Hynes) and Truth In Action (Karen Isbell). In Ontario, at Clinton Raceway, their monte event is the first on the regular card with pari-mutuel wagering. Five trotters will contest this event for a purse of $2,200 and it's race #2 on the afternoon program. The field includes Charlie Tuna (B. Kennedy), Twin B Excalibur (E. Harms), Dayplanner (M. Valstad), Radical Dreamer (S. Town) and Shipps Xceptional (J. Fenwick). On Monday July 14 the NY RUS Series continues at Waterloo. Race #5 is a three-horse monte event for a purse of $530 with the field consisting of Kash Now (Michelle Miller), Striking Mystery (Jennifer Lowrey) and John-michael (tba). Rapid Strategy (9g King Conch-Rapid Sahbra-Master Willie) with owner/trainer Lindsey Blackler aboard in this 2:08k score July 5 at Goshen Historic Track on Hall of Fame day. Admirable Hanover and Jennifer Conner finished second. by Thomas H. Hicks, for  

July 7, 2014, Goshen, NY – The much anticipated RUS New York’s 2014 Fair Series  kicked off this past Thursday with a successful race at Goshen Historic Track on  their Fair Day of racing. Despite the heat and humidity, there was a great turnout  with 6 starters going into the first leg of the series. Every rider received gift bags from  sponsors Draper Therapies and Horse Quencher, to show their thanks for supporting  this new and exciting sport and race series.    The race went in a time of 2:05.2, won by Karen Isbell on her own Truth In Action.  Second went to Admiral Hanover, ridden by Vanessa Karlewicz trained by Janice  Connor and third went to Michelle Miller on Kash Now, trained by Michael Miller. The  other three finishers included E R Anna with Mary Lu Dolci Conte aboard, Conway  Cruiser ridden by Brian Connor, and Lemon Pepper, owned and ridden by Jennifer  Lowrey. All horses stayed flat and competitive with a close race to the finish, making  for a successful and exciting first leg of the all new RUS New York 2014 Fair Series.    July 7, 2014, Goshen, NY – The much anticipated RUS New York’s 2014 Fair Series  kicked off this past Thursday with a successful race at Goshen Historic Track on  their Fair Day of racing. Despite the heat and humidity, there was a great turnout  with 6 starters going into the first leg of the series. Every rider received gift bags from  sponsors Draper Therapies and Horse Quencher, to show their thanks for supporting  this new and exciting sport and race series.    The race went in a time of 2:05.2, won by Karen Isbell on her own Truth In Action.  Second went to Admiral Hanover, ridden by Vanessa Karlewicz trained by Janice  Connor and third went to Michelle Miller on Kash Now, trained by Michael Miller. The  other three finishers included E R Anna with Mary Lu Dolci Conte aboard, Conway  Cruiser ridden by Brian Connor, and Lemon Pepper, owned and ridden by Jennifer  Lowrey. All horses stayed flat and competitive with a close race to the finish, making  for a successful and exciting first leg of the all new RUS New York 2014 Fair Series.    RUS New York is thankful to flagship sponsor New York Sire Stakes and to two  nationally recognized brands, Draper Therapies and Horse Quencher, in conjunction  with series sponsors Crawford Farms and Eric Abbatiello Racing. As more sponsors  come on board, purses and prizes may increase, so we encourage everyone to  consider becoming a sponsor! All marketing is being handled by Horsefly Group, an  international marketing agency. Horsefly Group’s digital director, CJ Millar, is also  the marketing director for RUS New York and RUS Nation, and a licensed RUS rider  as well as an avid equestrian. All sponsorship inquiries can be directed to her at or 973-626-3673.      All photographs provided by Geri Schwarz and Chris Tully are copyrighted, used  with permission, all rights reserved. Photos are available for purchase by clicking on the photographer's name on the RUS New York website sponsors page, and  contacting them with your request. Thank you.     RUS NY Committee  • Michelle Miller, Racing Coordinator, current RUS licensed rider  • Jennifer Lowrey, RUS Advisor, current RUS licensed rider  • CJ Millar, Marketing Director, current RUS licensed rider (pre-race  coordinator with all RUS competitors, and winner’s circle presenter on behalf  of sponsors)    CJ Millar

Scott Woogen's path to sitting behind racehorses began on a New York City basketball court, in a scene reminiscent of a Damon Runyon tale. Woogen, who will have two horses he bred and owns competing in Landmark Stakes at Goshen Historic Track in New York on Friday and will be driving there in amateur races on Saturday, was introduced to harness racing as a teenager in the Bronx when he was offered a job selling handicapping sheets outside Yonkers Raceway. The offer came from a police officer who spotted Woogen and his friends playing basketball in the school yard. "I was probably the youngest and smallest kid, but fairly aggressive, and I told him I could do whatever he wanted," Woogen said. "His moonlighting job was printing his own handicap sheet called the Top Trotter. I sold them for 25 cents and also sold programs for 75 cents. I got $5 a night. "I started reading the programs and taking an occasional bus up there to Yonkers Raceway and watched the races. I really liked it. When I was old enough, I got working papers and worked a little bit in the stable area on the weekends. If I hadn't been playing basketball that day, I wouldn't know anything about horses. It was kind of a quirk of fate." That quirk of fate has led Woogen, who now is a gastroenterologist living in Virginia, around the world. He began driving in races, even winning a collegiate event held at Roosevelt Raceway while representing Columbia University as a sophomore. He gave up driving to pursue his medical career, but returned to the track 17 years ago to compete as an amateur, often in the Billings Series, where he is known as the "Driving Doctor." He has won 127 races as an amateur and competed in Germany, Finland, Italy, Spain, Russia, Estonia, and New Zealand. "It's been a really nice hobby," Woogen said. "It's been a lot of fun; I really enjoy it." On Friday, Woogen will send out KJ Brenda in the $11,547 Landmark Stakes for 3-year-old female trotters and K J Ben in the $12,520 Landmark Stakes for 2-year-old pacers. Both horses are trained by Gary Messenger. Last year, KJ Brenda - the "K J" is for Woogen's fiancée Kathy Jean and Brenda is Messenger's wife - finished second in the Kentucky Sire Stakes championship. She has won two of 10 career races, hit the board a total of eight times, and earned $80,821. "She came back this year and her first couple starts she bled and we had to put her on Lasix and she's been getting better," Woogen said. "We're excited about her chances to go down to Kentucky and get some of that sire stakes money." K J Ben, named in honor of Kathy Jean's first grandson, Benjamin, is making his debut after winning a qualifier at Ocean Downs in 2:00.1. "We're excited about his prospects," Woogen said. Jim Taggart Jr. is listed to drive KJ Brenda and Jason Bartlett is listed on K J Ben. So why doesn't Woogen drive those horses in the stakes? "There's a reason why I'm in the amateur races," Woogen said, laughing. "It's a lot of fun and I think I can hold my own against the amateurs, but it's a little tougher to drive against the professionals. I'll leave that up to the professionals. I'm just excited that we have some horses that might do a little bit of good this year." Friday's nine-race Landmark Stakes card is part of the Grand Circuit visit to Historic Track. Saturday features the New York Sire Stakes Excelsior Series and Billings Amateur Drivers Series. Sunday is Hall of Fame Day, which includes a race featuring drivers in the Harness Racing Hall of Fame along with 2014 inductee David Miller. Post time each day is 1 p.m. for the first race. Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

Latham, NY - The Harness Horse Breeders of New York State would like to remind Horsemen of the following changes for the NYSS events at Goshen Historic Track on Saturday July 5th and Sunday July 6th 2014. There will be Excelsior "A" and "B" races for those horses paid into the Excelsior division. There will be no points for either level. The start will not count for entry into a final event. If you first raced in NYSS #53, #54 or Excelsior "A" you may move down to "B". If you race in Excelsior "B" and then move up you may not return to "B". This is the same at all tracks. You may race at Goshen and still enter any other NYSS event you are eligible to without restrictions. From the Harness Horse Breeders of NYS    

Goshen Historic Track in New York will welcome a pair of celebrity guest outriders for the Friday, July 4, racing card. Leading the horses to post for the 1 p.m. card will be the 23-year-old former Standardbred racehorses Dreamy Starlet, ridden by her owner, Elizabeth Tewksbury, and McKeever Hanover, ridden by his owner Shelly Topham. The two are among the 43 horses featured in the new book Standardbred Old Friends, a collection of photos and stories about horses of distinction, now in the twilight of their lives. The book is the third in the Old Friends series of books by renowned equine photographer Barbara Livingston. The two pacers, who live in Maine, have nearly 300 starts and four foals between them, but it is off the track that they have found their next and best careers. Both horses, who started under saddle in their teens, excel in the show ring, competing in English and Western style competitions, team penning, fox hunting and jumping. They have won hundreds of ribbons and trophies, while also finding time to outride at Maine's pari-mutuel and fair tracks. Additionally, McKeever Hanover has volunteered at Make A Wish Foundation events, where his primary responsibility has been to stand nicely and let adults and children pet him. After race five on Friday, the horses will come off the track to greet fans behind the grandstand. Copies of the book in which the pair is featured on Maine's Popham Beach at sunset in October 2013 will also be for sale that day with a portion of proceeds to benefit Goshen Historic Track. Livingston and Ellen Harvey, who wrote the stories to accompany the photos, will be hand to sign books. Goshen Historic Track is located at 44 Park Place in Goshen, New York. Admission is $5 for adults and includes a program. Children are free. For more information go to or call 845-294-5333.   From Harness Racing Communications      

Goshen Historic Track in New York will feature a power-packed field of drivers in the annual $10,000 Mr. & Mrs. Elbridge T. Gerry Sr. Memorial Trot, July 6. Post time is 1 p.m. for the card. The race brings together a "Who's Who" of harness racing talent, with seven members of the Hall of Fame and 2014 inductee David Miller participating in the event. Expected to drive in the race are John Campbell, Wally Hennessey, Mike Lachance, Miller, Bill O'Donnell, Ron Pierce, Dick Stillings, and Jimmy Takter. Collectively, they have won 20 Little Brown Jugs and 16 Hambletonians, along with nearly 64,000 races and $1.14 billion in purses. Miller will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday night in a ceremony at the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame, located adjacent to Historic Track. The race honors the memory of Mr. and Mrs. Elbridge Gerry; their sons Elbridge and Peter will be on hand to present the trophy. After the race, the drivers will be on hand to meet fans and autograph photos. Goshen Historic Track is located at 44 Park Place in Goshen; admission is $5 for adults (includes program) and children are free. For more information, go to or call 845-294-6330. by Ellen Harvery, for Harness Racing Communications  

Sir Taurus, the now 30-year-old trotting stallion whose sons and daughters once dominated the New York Sire Stakes, will make a rare visit away from his home at Blue Chip Farm on Saturday, July 5, to Goshen (N.Y.) Historic Track during Grand Circuit racing, which starts at 1 p.m. that day. The bay stallion with a distinctive white blaze has sired nearly 700 foals, who earned $23.7 million combined. His best known performer is Approved Action, who won $715,676. Of his 546 starters, 145 won races in better than 2:00. Sir Taurus was born on March 20, 1984, at Lindy Farm in Somersville, Connecticut. He raced for two years, 1986 and 1987, winning $484,810 and stakes races such as the Hanover Stakes and multiple New York Sire Stakes. He was trained and driven by Jimmy Takter for the Antonacci family and the late Dan Gernatt. He celebrated his landmark birthday in March with a carrot cake featuring real carrots on top and a rousing chorus of "Happy Birthday" from children at the Cornwall Presbyterian Church Sunday School. Throughout his life, Sir Taurus, in addition to his fatherhood duties, has greeted visiting school children and scout groups at the farm. His easygoing nature allowed him to be the first horse ever touched for perhaps thousands of children. At Goshen, he will spend some time in a stall behind the grandstand and come out to greet visitors at 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30. In deference to his age and change in surroundings, Sir Taurus will be happy to be photographed on July 5, but no petting please. Sir Taurus is one of 43 horses featured in the new book, Standardbred Old Friends. The book features horses of distinction, most Hall of Fame members, some noted for long and productive blue collar careers, all now in the twilight of their lives. The book will be on sale to benefit Goshen Historic Track near Sir Taurus' stall. Author Ellen Harvey will be available to sign copies of the coffee table book that features the photos of acclaimed equine photographer Barbara Livingston. The track is located at 44 Park Place in Goshen. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

All the live  racing and harness racing history a person could want will be found in one place over the long Fourth of July weekend in Goshen, New York. With racing every day from July 3 to July 6 at Goshen Historic Track and the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame adjacent to the track at 240 Main Street, Goshen is a "one stop shop" for harness racing fans. Here's the comprehensive list of Goshen events: Thursday, July 3: 10 a.m. Museum open and free to all visitors. 1 p.m. Grand Circuit racing at Goshen Historic Track, 44 Park Place, New York-sired fair races and under saddle race. Admission is $5 for adults, includes a program. Friday, July 4: 10 a.m. Museum opens. At 11:30 a.m., Reading and book signing - Barbara Livingston and Ellen Harvey, Standardbred Old Friends. 10 a.m. Great American Weekend festivities, Village Square in Goshen. Craft, antique show, entertainment, children's rides. 1 p.m. Landmark Stakes for 2- and 3-year-olds, Goshen Historic Track. Guest outriders are Dreamy Starlet and McKeever Hanover, horses featured in Standardbred Old Friends. They will do a meet and greet after race five. The book is on sale to benefit Historic Track throughout the race card. Saturday, July 5: 10 a.m. Museum opens. Meet cartoonist and artist Peb (Pierre Bellocq) in the Carriage Room where his unique and familiar artwork is on display. 10 a.m. Great American Weekend festivities, Village Square in Goshen. Craft, antique show, entertainment, children's rides. 1 p.m. Excelsior Series for New York-breds and amateur races at Goshen Historic Track. 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. 30-year-old Sir Taurus, a top New York sire and featured in Standardbred Old Friends book, greets the public from a stall behind the grandstand at 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30. Photos welcome. Copies of Standardbred Old Friends on sale to benefit Historic Track. Sunday, July 6: 10 a.m. Museum opens. 11 a.m. Great American Weekend festivities, Village Square in Goshen. Craft, antique show, entertainment, children's rides. Noon to 1 p.m.: Ellen Harvey signs copies of Standardbred Old Friends. Museum Concourse. 1 p.m. Hall of Fame drivers race, under saddle and Excelsior Series racing at Goshen Historic Track. Drivers to sign autographs and greet the public after their race. From 1 p.m. to the Hall of Fame race, Ellen Harvey will sign Standardbred Old Friends to benefit Historic Track. 5 p.m. Grand opening of the Remember Roosevelt exhibit at Harness Racing Museum. 5:30 p.m. Hall of Fame induction festivities begin with the cocktail hour in Haughton Hall, for tickets call 845-294-6330. 6:30 p.m. Hall of Fame dinner and ceremony start on the Museum lawn. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

Goshen, N.Y. -- A farm tour sponsored by the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund and hosted by the Harness Horse Breeders of New York State will be held for the general public. The tour will focus on harness horse breeding and racing. The tour will begin at the Goshen Historic Track at 10:00 a.m. on June 14, 2014. Attendees will have the opportunity to see horses training and to learn about their schedules as well as their daily care. This will also provide an opportunity to observe some up and coming New York Sire Stakes contenders. After visiting the Goshen Historic Track we will travel to Cameo Hills Farm to visit the mares and foals and learn about horse care on the farm. The visit to Cameo Hills will include a picnic lunch along with a hay ride and plenty of photo opportunities. The tour members will also hear about how the harness racing industry supports the state economy by providing jobs and materials for the horse's care. The tour will wrap up with questions and discussions about how to become involved in the horse industry. After visiting Cameo Hills all are welcome to return to the Goshen Museum and Hall of Fame. Handout information about Standardbred racing will be available. Those who are interested should call the Harness Horse Breeders of New York State at 518-785-5858 or email to register. There is no fee but registration is required for lunch orders. by Betty Holt, for the Harness Horse Breeders of New York State

May 12, 2014 Monticello, NY - County fairs throughout New York State are poised to come to life in a few months. While the New York Sire Stakes harness racing has become an American tradition at many of these fairs, RUS NY hopes to heighten the excitement for another kind of racing - racing under saddle. Also known as Monté racing internationally, RUS is a hybrid of harness and thoroughbred racing. Standardbreds that generally race pulling sulkies are ridden with English, thoroughbred or special RUS saddles. The horses are started behind a moving starting gate just like in harness racing. In conjunction with the NYSS, RUS New York has put together a seven race fair series to promote the sport as well as showcase the versatility of the Standardbred. The series will feature six legs, culminating in a championship final race to be held at Tompkins County Fair in Trumansburg. Official dates and locations for the summer series are as follows: 7/3 Thu - Goshen Meet, Goshen, NY 7/10 Thu - Afton Fair, Afton, NY 7/14 Mon - Seneca County Fair, Waterloo, NY 7/29 Tues - Otsego County Fair, Morris, NY 8/5  Tues- Chenango County Fair, Norwich, NY 8/12 Tues - Steuben County Fair, Bath, NY 8/19 Tues - Tompkins County Fair, Trumansburg, NY Series Final race Full race series conditions and point system will be published prior to the start of the season and available on the RUS NY Facebook page, as well as through a press release distributed via USTA and RUS America. Race dates subject to change. by CJ Millar, for RUS

Goshen Historic Track, where it all started and where it still is today, is gearing up for it 177th season of exciting harness racing and 2014 will mark the 104th year of Grand Circuit Racing at "the Cradle of the Trotter". Racing action at Historic Track commences Sunday, June 7d with the first of three matinee programs and matinee racing will continue on the consecutive Sundays of June 15 and June 22. Post times for all three matinee race cards will be at 1p.m This year will mark the 53rd consecutive season of matinee racing over the fame double oval. Grand Circuit Racing begins on Thursday, July 3rd and will feature NYSS County Fair Races. On Friday, July 4th the Landmark Stakes for 2 and 3 year olds will be presented and Saturday, July 5th, the NY Excelsior Series for 3-year-old pacers, the C.K.G. Billings Amateur Trots, and the Catskill Amateur Drivers Club Pace are I the offing. Then on Sunday, July 6th the 2014 Grand Circuit meeting will culminate with the annual Hall Of Fame Trot with Hall of Fame members at the controls which has always been a fan favorite. And after that race the Hall of Famers will be available for photos and autographs. Also that day will be races for 3-year-old trotters in the NY Excelsior Series and the RUS NY (Racing Under Saddle) Series will kick-off and will be followed by under saddle trots at various County Fairs in NY State. Post times for Grand Circuit action will also be at 1pm. Once again, Historic Track will sponsor a golf outing, this year on Monday, June 30, at the West Hills Country Club on Golf Links Road in Middletown, NY. For further information on the golf outing please call 845-294-5333. Along with the racing programs Historic Track will play host to a few informative programs which pertain to the Standardbred industry. Again this season the USTA Standardbred Driving School will be at Historic Track from June 11-15 and the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund is a new major sponsor. o sign up, or for further information, interested parties are urged to call 877.800.8272 ext.3212. But that's not all. The Harness Horse Youth Foundation will have its Leadership Camp at Historic Track on July 7-11 for high school age students with previous HHYF experience. More information can be had by contacting Keith Gisser, or call 216-374-1392 • 216-374-1392. by John Manzi, for Goshen Historic Track

Goshen, NY - When the great grey trotter, Greyhound, won the 1935 Hambletonian at Goshen, New York's Good Time Park, America was emerging from the Great Depression. As he walked into his retirement home, a stall at the Maple Park, Illinois farm of his trainer, Doc Flanery, in 1940, the world was on the brink of a great world war, with a wave of social and cultural changes to follow. The grey gelding, who at one time held 14 world records turned nearly white as he aged. Greyhound's connections, Flanery and Baker, enhanced his legacy with an ongoing tour of tracks after his retirement. Typically adorned with a red blanket and red painted hooves, to show off his stark white color, he was a crowd favorite wherever he went. When he was taken from his stall at Flanery's farm for the last time, after his death at age 33 in 1965, the world and the sport of harness racing had changed dramatically, but the reverence in which the "Grey Ghost" was held by fans never waned. On May 2, 2014, the stall Greyhound called home for the last 25 years of his life will arrive at the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame in Goshen, New York where it will be preserved for generations to come. Life in the 15' by 30' stall was plush, surrounded by 1" tongue and groove oak paneling on all four walls and ceiling. The lighting was recessed, with a Dutch door and an opening for Greyhound to lean over and join the company of those that visited him from an adjacent sitting room which displayed photos and memorabilia from his career. One of the 15' walls of the stall contained a more than life size photograph of Greyhound trotting right at the camera. It was a sanctuary and a virtual palace befitting a cherished and charismatic champion. Long after Greyhound's death and that of his trainer, the farm stayed in family ownership, leasing the facilities to other Standardbred breeders. It was then that friends and horsewomen Jan Heine and Nancy Brejc got involved, caring for horses from the early 1990s on for Standardbred breeder Dr Ken Walker, as well as subsequent lessees. The farm was then and is now owned by the estate of Flanery's widow. The stall and the adjoining sitting room were meticulously cared for by Dr. and Mrs. Walker during those years, when not a cobweb could be found. "That was back in the early 1980s," said Heine. "We were both working for the Walkers. After they left, I kept tabs on the place and they kept the stall intact, but some of his items went missing, the Hambletonian trophy and a blanket with his hair on it made it to a museum in St. Charles. The third lessee, who's been there for 17 years, watched over it as well. "Last year I caught wind that they were leveling the farm, so my friend and I were going back and forth about trying to acquire the wood and everything that was in the stall. Finally we went in and took each and every board, numbered it. It's solid oak and the sitting room is knotty pine. Now we're getting ready to make a road trip." The road trip will conclude at the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame in Goshen, New York, dedicated to the preservation and celebration of the sport of harness racing. "Greyhound is, without question, one of our greatest and best loved equine heroes," said Museum Director Janet Terhune. "We're delighted for the opportunity to recreate Greyhound's stall and adjacent sitting room and to share them with visitors. "Considering Greyhound's association with Goshen, having won the Hambletonian at Good Time Park and time trialed at both Good Time Park and Goshen Historic Track, the Museum is the perfect site for this wonderful artifact of his life. "The enthusiasm and dedication that these two women, Nancy Brejc and Jan Heine, have for Greyhound and this significant piece of trotting history are wonderful and we applaud them for it. "There is no doubt that funding this project and finding the necessary space to fulfill this vision are challenging goals, but I believe that there are many people out there who will support it. The reconstruction, preservation and development of an accompanying exhibit space will require considerable funds beyond the current Museum budget. Donations are welcome from those who would like to support such an effort." The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is located at 240 Main Street in Goshen, N.Y., and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thanks to US Trotting Association support, the Museum is currently offering free admission for walk-in visitors and $4.00/person for group docent-guided tours. For information on the Museum, special events, gift shop services and educational programs the Museum offers, please call 845.294.6330 or visit by Janet Terhune, for the Harness Racing Museum

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