Goshen Historic Track's 107th racing season hits full stride


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  • Driven by Brandon Simpson, Keystone Velocity lived up to his colorful name by breaking a record for aged pacing stallions by a full 5 seconds, or 25 lengths. (Photo by Roger Dowd)




  • The track’s iconic BOCES Barn cupola was restored in early June. (Photo by Roger Dowd)




  • The refurbishing of the Historic Track’s 1911 grandstand was completed just days racing season began. (Photo by Roger Dowd)




By Roger Dowd

— 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: goshenhistorictrack.com.





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