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Brother, Friday Will Be Some Night

A racing oddity will occur on Friday night, July 25 at Yonkers Raceway when three full brothers race there that evening. In the first $6700 Excelsior Stakes, going as race number one prior to the betting card getting underway, BJ Anthony will be making his first start for a purse.

Bernie WhiteThen, in the $44,000 Open Trot, race eight on the betting card, the $146,000 seasonal winner Tober will again take on the best trotters on the grounds and will likely be the favorite off a 1:54.2 victory against similar company last week.

In race nine, a $20,000 conditioned trot, Gaelic And Garlic, a lifetime winner of almos$270,000 with a 1:55.2 victory this year, will start from post one. All three horses are by Credit Winner and out of La Tapitia by Cumin. All were bred by Bernie White of Pine Bush, NY and raised on his Tamarack Manor Farm in the hamlet.

White, a longtime owner of Standardbreds was also the president of the Board of Directors of Historic track for over 12 years. “It’s not often that anyone sees two full brothers racing on one program but three, that’s nearly unheard of,” White said.

White and Kristie Leigh Farm own BJ Anthony and Gaelic And Garlic while Tober, a career winner thus far of $514,000, is owned by Kristie Leigh Farm and Joe Betro. All three horses are trained by Eddie Hart on Tony Statuto’s Kristie Leigh Training Farm in Goshen NY and all will be driven by Jason Bartlett.

RUS NY 2014 Kicks Off Fair Series
With a Great Race in Goshen

July 7, 2014, Goshen, NY – The much anticipated RUS New York’s 2014 Fair Series kicked off 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.

RUS_2014The 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.

In addition to a purse of $1,000 and rider gift bags, the winner was also presented with a stable sheet from Draper Therapies and a 3.5# bag of Horse Quencher. Similar gifts and prizes will also be presented at the subsequent legs of the Fair Series.

The next race will be held at Afton Fairgrounds on Thursday, July 10th. Points earned by finishers count towards their qualification for the final race to be held at Tompkins County Fair in Trumansburg, New York on August 19th. For full race conditions and current standings, please visit the RUS New York website (http://rus-newyork.com/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 cj@horseflygroup.com or 973-626-3673.

RUS NY Committee

Congratulations To All Participants!

but 4 days of Grand Circuit Racing at Goshen Historic Track has come to an end! If you missed the results of any race click here!

Matinee Racing:

June 22nd Racing at Goshen Historic Track:

June 15 Races at Goshen Historic Track

Driving School Exhibition Race at GHT

Driving School RaceAlan Roberts of Jamestown, Tennessee, with professional driver Adam Rucker on board, made a move before the three-quarter mile mark to take the lead and win the 2014 USTA Driving School Graduation Pace. It was the first win for Roberts, but the 28th for BJ’s Bequia, the 7-year-old pacer pulling the two in a double seated jog cart with two sets of lines. Beth Podhajecki, of Norfolk, Connecticut, was second

“That was great,” said Roberts. “What a ride. That was, thrilling. I enjoyed it.”

“He was very competitive out there,” said Rucker. “He really wanted to win it today – I have to hand it to him.”

The race was the culmination of the USTA’s annual driving school, held since Wednesday evening at Goshen HistoricTrack and the adjacent Harness Racing Museum.

Historic Track Accepts Online Entries

We are readying for our upcoming matinee programs in June and its Grand Circuit racing in early July and according to racing secretary Rod Newhart, Historic Track will be accepting online entries. With the USTA's new online entry program trainers now have the capability to enter horses electronically. It allows trainers to enter their horses via the Internet from computers or mobile devices. “We’ll be accepting entries for both the matinees and the Grand Circuit races,” Newhart said.

Matinee Condition SheetGoshen matinee programs will be on the Sundays of June 8, 15 and 22 with their Grand Circuit races slated for July 3, 4, 5 and 6. Trainers will be able to enter horses electronically as soon as the condition sheet is made available from the race office. Those using the online entry option must have a USTA online account, which is provided at no charge. For more information on how to use the system, click here.

Historic Track Preparing for
Its 176th Season of Harness Racing

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 7nd with the first of three matinee programs and matinee racing will continue on the consecutive Sundays of June15 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 famous double oval.

Grand Circuit Racing begins on Thursday, July 3rd and will feature NYSS County Fair Races. Also that day 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.

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 will be presented.

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. Post times for Grand Circuit action will also be at 1pm. Also that day there will be races for 3 year-old trotters in the NY Excelsior Stakes.

Then that evening, the Hall of Fame Banquet will again be held under the tent on the lawn of the Harness Racing Museum.

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.

The USTA Standardbred Driving School will return to Historic Track from June 11-15 and the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund is a new major sponsor. To 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, hhyfkeith@earthlink.net or call 216-374-1392 • 216-374-1392.

RUS NY kicks off the 2014 Racing Under Saddle Fair
Series at Historic Track

By CJ Millar, Horsefly Group

RUSRUS NY, an organization that helps promote the sport of Racing Under Saddle in New York State, is excited to announce a 2014 RUS Fair Series.

Kicking off over the July 4th weekend at the oldest harness racing track in the world, the first qualifier will take place at Goshen Historic Track. Qualifying races will also be held at the Afton Fair in Afton, Seneca County Fair in Waterloo, Otsego County Fair in Morris, Chenango County Fair in Norwich, and Steuben County Fair in Bath.

The seven race series will feature six qualifying races to be held at county fairs across the state, culminating in a championship final race to be held at the Tompkins County Fair in Trumansburg.

The series will run throughout the months of July and August, giving participants the opportunity to earn points towards qualifying for the final. Flagship sponsor New York Sire Stakes has generously donated initial purse money, and RUS NY will be offering additional sponsorship opportunities.

Points earned based on race finish will be tallied to determine the entrants in the championship final race at the Tompkins County Fair to be held on Aug. 19. Read more...

Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund sponsors USTA Driving School

The Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund is a new major sponsor of the 2014 USTA Standardbred Driving School, which will take place June 11-15 at Goshen Historic Track. For a limited time, New York State residents who register for the school will receive a $100 discount on the $350 registration fee. Those that are already signed up for the school will receive a $100 refund on their pre-paid fees.

“We are extremely pleased to have the Agriculture and Horse Breeding Development Fund join us as sponsors for the driving school,“ said school coordinator Kent ”Chip” Hastings. “I can’t think of a better way to help promote and foster interest in the New York program.”

Students that sign up will be immersed in a public racing stable environment, doing barn work each morning of the school, and then will listen to guest speakers in afternoon classroom sessions. To sign up and receive the discount, fill out this application and send it in with a $250 check or call 877.800.8272, ext. 3212 to complete your registration over the phone with a credit card. For more information about attending the 16th annual USTA Driving School, visit www.USTADrivingSchool.com.

RUS NY (Cont.)

Currently RUS NY has secured several major national brands as series sponsors, including Draper Therapies and Horse Quencher. These national brands will bring a heightened sense of awareness to the sport, as well as cross-promote the RUS series and race sponsors on their own social networks, blogs, and across the web. There is also the opportunity for local, regional, and national businesses to become a race sponsor for the 2014 series, to help promote RUS as well as to gain exposure for their company.

Benefits vary by level of sponsorship, and include mention in fair programs, across the web, and ongoing mention in all publications online and off — including social, blogging, press releases and in the winner’s circle at the conclusion of each race.

All RUS NY marketing, including promotion for the 2014 Fair Series and all sponsorship packages, is being handled by Horsefly Group, an international marketing agency with expertise in the equestrian sporting world. This will offer sponsors the opportunity to get additional exposure through packages that include marketing above and beyond traditional purse sponsorships.

Horsefly Group’s digital director, CJ Millar, is also the marketing director for RUS NY, and a licensed RUS jockey as well as an avid equestrian. All sponsorship inquiries can be directed to her at cj@horseflygroup.com or 973.626.3673.

Riders wishing to participate in the series must hold a current active RUS license with the USTA and be familiar with the rules and requirements of RUS racing in New York State. Horses must be trotters registered with either the United States Trotting Association or Standardbred Canada in the name of the current owner. No horse under the age of three shall be eligible to start for the RUS NY 2014 Fair Series, while horses older than 14 will be permitted.

Horses used in the 2014 Fair Series races must show a charted mile in 2:18 or faster under saddle. Horses must compete and finish in any two of the six qualifying races to be eligible for the 2014 Fair Series final. Entries for the final race are to be selected based on points earned for finishes in the series qualifying races.

Full race series conditions and point systems 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.

HHYF 2014 Summer Programs Schedule
Goes Back to the Future

HHYFWestfield, IN - The Harness Horse Youth Foundation has announced its 2014 summer program schedule which includes a return to Ocean Downs for the first time since 2000; a full five-day program at Harrington Raceway after an absence of several years; and a leadership camp at the Goshen Historic Track. Complete 2014 schedule information, along with applications for the Foundation’s Youth Camps, and one- and two-day introductory events, is available at http://www.hhyf.org/schedule-applications.

HHYF’s popular overnight youth camps, for students 12-14, will be held June 21-35 at Harrington, in Delaware; July 14-18 at Vernon Downs in New York; and July 21-25 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, in Pennsylvania. These camps culminate with a driving exhibition on Hambletonian Day at The Meadowlands on August 2.

A leadership camp for high school age students with previous HHYF experience is set for Goshen Historic Track for July 7-11.
All of these camps feature hands-on experience, including driving, using the organization’s stable of Trottingbred horses. Shorter introductory programs for children ages 11 and up are scheduled for Ocean Downs in Maryland on June 27; Gaitway Farm in New Jersey on July 30-31; and at Scioto Downs in Ohio on August 5. Check the website for possible added programs. HHYF will also conduct special programs for equine oriented groups throughout the summer. The Foundation, which is dedicated to creating the next generation of harness racing fans, will also have a presence at the Pinehurst Matinee, the Little Brown Jug, the Hambletonian at The Meadowlands, the Open Space at Freehold Raceway, and at The Red Mile on Kentucky Futurity day.

“We anticipate another busy summer with lots of potential new young fans ready to learn about harness racing,” said Executive Director Ellen Taylor. “HHYF truly appreciates the support of our sponsors each year so that we can continue our educational efforts which are so important to the industry’s future.”

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 has been making a difference in young people’s lives since 1976, and its programs include 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.
Contact Keith Gisser, hhyfkeith@earthlink.net or 216-374-1392 • 216-374-1392.

Historic Track Moves its Track Office to the Arden Clubhouse

Our New Office!For decades the Track Office at Goshen Historic Track has been underneath the longstanding grandstand and recently work has been completed to move the main office to the Arden Clubhouse which has been totally restored.

“The new move has been absolutely wonderful and greatly appreciated,“ noted Linda Myers, the longtime secretary to the Board. “It’s such an improvement and so nice to have this building restored and utilized after all these years.“

The new track office, which is located near the facility’s front gate, still has the same phone number (845.294.5333) and the same fax number (845.294.3998).

According to members of the Board, it has been a costly move for the not-for-profit corporation but extremely necessary since the area beneath the grandstand, which previously housed the offices, has seen its best days.

Since the needed move at the National Historic Landmark was expensive. donations will be graciously accepted to help defray costs. Should anyone want to make a donation, please address all correspondence to Goshen Historic Track, 44 Park Place, Goshen, NY 10924.

Memberships to Historic Track for family ($35), patrons ($100), and corporations ($200) are also encouraged and would be greatly appreciated. Sign up now and be a part of our exciting new year!