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A Winning Kentucky Derby Day at the Track

Ladies Hat Contest winnersEveryone was a winner at Goshen Historic Track's 2nd Annual Kentucky Derby Day. Rocking to the live sounds of Dusty and Dave there was a lot of fun to be had before and after Nyquist's Kentucky Derby triumph. The successful fundraiser will help us keep pacing and trotting into our 179th season of exciting harness racing! Thank you for making our event a success!

Racing Action to Start Soon

Racing action this season at Historic Track commences with three consecutive Sundays of matinee racing programs beginning June 5th and continuing on the Sundays of June 12 and June 19. Post times for all three matinee race cards will be at 1p.m.

This year will be the 55th consecutive season of matinee racing over the historic double-oval.

Grand Circuit Racing begins on Friday, July 1 and will feature pacers in the New York State Excelsior Series followed on Saturday, July 2nd with the Landmark Stakes for 2 and 3 year olds along with the C.K.G. Billings Amateur Trots and the Catskill Amateur Drivers Club Pace.

Featured on Sunday, July 3rd will be sophomore trotters in the New York State Excelsior Series along with a race under saddle for horses and riders that have qualified during any of the June matinees.

Also slated on the card that afternoon is 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. And after that race the Hall of Famers will be available for photos and autographs.

Harness Horse Youth Foundation
seeks teens for Goshen horsemanship camp

The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is sponsoring a harness horse leadership camp at the Goshen Historic Racetrack July 5-9, 2016. The preferred age of applicants for the overnight camp is 14-18, preferably with harness racing experience. The camp fee is $200 which includes overnight accommodations, all meals and materials. The camp begins at 10 AM on Tuesday, July 5 and wraps up mid-afternoon on Saturday, July 9. Applicants from across the country are eligible, but are responsible for their own transportation to Goshen. Application deadline is May 15.

HHYFApplicants will work hands-on with the HHYF’s stable of Trottingbred horses. Among the topics covered are care and grooming, equipment, conformation, lameness, history, stable management, and equine careers. A trip to the adjacent Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame is included as the participants will be involved in service projects for the museum. For complete details and a camp application, log on to www.hhyf.org/schedule-applications. The camp is one of fifteen across the country being conducted by HHYF, but is the only one that offers a leadership component. For questions, please e-mail HHYF Executive Director Ellen Taylor at ellen@hhyf.org.

HHYF Executive Director Ellen Taylor added, “This program is unique because of its leadership component and the compelling interest level of the participants. Coming on the heels of our fortieth anniversary celebration in Goshen the month before, it is representative of our evolution as an educational organization. We are very thankful to have supportive sponsors and volunteers who recognize our mission’s importance.”

Celebrating 40 years of youth education and service to harness racing, the Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses, in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation makes a difference in young people’s lives through interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals, scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org

Goshen Chapter USHWA Donates $3000 to Track

By John Manzi for Monticello-Goshen USHWA

After again running another successful awards banquet in late November, the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of U.S. Harness Writers Association donated $3000 to Historic Track at their Christmas Party which followed a Board Meeting on December 9. The presentation of the check was made to Kerry English, Chairman of the Historic Track Board of Directors by Mon-Go USHWA Chapter officer, John Manzi.

For the 33rd consecutive year the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association has donated to Historic Track and will again donate $3000 to the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame next July.

Last summer the organization presented a $3000 check to Museum President Larry Devan prior to the ceremonies at the Hall of Fame Banquet in Goshen, NY.

Since the late 1980’s the Monticello-Goshen Chapter USHWA has donated money to Goshen Historic Track and the Harness Racing Museum. Money raised for the donations is made possible from successful chapter banquets and the continued support of the chapter’s charity journals.

“We thank all 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, President of the Monticello-Goshen Chapter USHWA and well as Nation USHWA National president.

In the early 1980’s annual donations by the Monticello-Goshen Chapter USHWA were used to support a college scholarship but it was decided back then that when the chapter donates it should be to Historic Track and the Harness Racing Museum--both separate not-for profit entities—although over the years the chapter has also donated to other harness racing industry causes.

Monticello-Goshen Chapter USHWA
Holds Its 57th Annual Awards Banquet

The Monticello-Goshen Chapter USHWA held its 57th Annual Awards Banquet for the third consecutive year in Middletown, NY at The Fountains on Sands Road on Sunday, November 22. The night got underway with a cocktail hour at 5:30pm followed by dinner at 7pm.

Honored were the outstanding efforts both human and equine at Monticello Raceway and Historic Track this year as well as prominent individuals for their contributions to the industry.

The Excelsior Award was presented to the knowledgeable and hardworking Betty Holt, the executive director of the Harness Horse Breeders of NYS. Among her duties is traveling the state and visiting the pari-mutuel tracks and non-betting ovals twice a year in addition to running and attending various seminars and meetings that her office participates.

Janet Terhune and John ManziJanet Terhune, the director of the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame, was the 32nd recipient of the Amy Bull Crist Distinguished Service Award for her tireless efforts and her expertise in promoting the sport at Historic Track as well as the Harness Racing Museum.

The recipient of the prestigious Phil Pines Award was the award winning writer, Barbara Bedell, whose daily column in the Times Herald Record is read and enjoyed by readers from all walks of life. With harness racing a staple in the Hudson Valley, Barbara is a great promoter of good deeds by the people in the sport that evolved in and around Goshen NY as far back as 1837.

Few people in harness racing are as pleasant to be around and or as talented as Eddie Hart who grew up near Goshen NY. His superb horsemanship and his easy going demeanor made it easy for the local scribes to present him with the John Gilmour Good Guy Award. Although Eddie has had many local standouts but he was catapulted into the national spotlight with the success of his top pupil, Roll With Joe.

Hannah Miller was named the Chapter’s “Amateur Driver of the Year” and she’s just the second woman to win such an honor. Hannah has been the scourge of the amateur races this year and she has recorded 32 winners this year alone and has a .447 UDR. And she ‘dances every dance’ as a member of many amateur driving organizations.

Young, Shawn Simons, 24, the son of talented horseman Mike Simons, was presented with the chapter’s Rising Star Award. Just last week he received his full “A” license as a provisional driver Shawn had driven 19 winners and his future in the sulky seems secure.

And an Award of Appreciation was presented to Monticello Raceway’s longtime announcer Howard Oil who has been behind the Mighty M microphone since 1984. His love of harness racing and flawless race calls have endeared him to racing fans.

Brenda Messenger, Dr. Scott Woogen and Phil Shapiro’s KJ Erich was named the 2 Year Old Pacer of the Year” while P & J Stables Outsidecourt garnered the “2 Year Old Trotter of the Year” award”.

Three-Year- Old Pacer of The Year honors went to Robert, James and John Dill’s filly, Moccasin Blue Chip, while Bob McNerney’s Hollywood’s That Way, was the choice for “3-Year- Old Trotter of the Year”.

The “Older Trotting Horse of the Year” award” went to Bill & Carol Fuhs and Lynette Buter’s Best Friend Always while Jim Doherty Jr.’s Linda Marie took home the “Older Trotting Mare of the Year” trophy.

Giddyallyougot walked away with the “Older Pacing Horse of the Year” award and Mike Schultz’ Powerful Love was the unanimous choice for “Older Pacing Mare of the Year” honors.

Since claiming races are a staple of Monticello Raceway’s racing programs multiple awards were presented in the claiming categories.

Claiming Pacer Awards for horses and geldings went to Ed and James Hall’s Talldarknhandsome, Mike Schultz’Amazing Quest, and Larry Waldbaum’s Where’s Waldo.

While Claiming Pacer Awards for fillies and mares were presented to Lou Vutianitis’ Rusty’s Treasure, Ed Hall’s Rusty’s Flying, Mike Schultz’s Caviart Savannah, and Larry Stalbaum’s I’m A Nice Girl.

Claiming Trotter Awards for horses and geldings went to Mike Simons’ Ashcroft, Dr. Sam Sbarra’s Baltimor AS, and Barbara Russo’s City Kid.

Claiming Trotter awards for fillies and mares were presented to Mike Schultz’ Grace N Charlie and Larry Stalbaum’s Ellen’s Streak. Mike Schultz’s horses have won over 100 races this year alone at the Mighty M and he easily walked away with the “Owner of the Year Award”.

Giddyallyougot was named “Horse of the Year” as a result of the 7-year old Cams Card Shark gelding winning 16 races in 33 starts and amassing over $54,000 in purse money racing exclusively at the Mighty M. He is owned by C and F Associates and trained by Andrew Adamczyk and was driven by Bruce Aldrich, Jr.

Hall of Fame publicist and past USHWA National president John Manzi, served as the banquet emcee.