Everybody Wins at Our 5th Annual Kentucky Derby Day Party
Left to right: Barbara Martinez, hat contest judge, Diane Eisgruber, 3rd place finisher; Sindi Price, 2nd place finisher; Yvonne Eaton, first place finisher; and Crystal Tweed, hat contest judge. Photo by Geri Schwarz
Written by Geri Schwarz and Amanda Tweed
Goshen, NY. 05.054.19. The crowd grew to “standing room only” for Goshen Historic Track’s annual Kentucky Derby Day fundraiser on Saturday. More than 200 people were drawn to the scene emulating Church Hill Downs, from the hat contest, to television sets tuned to the pre-race reporting and the Derby, the betting booth…. and the mint juleps. Guests feasted on a buffet catered by Delancey’s while listing to live music by Dave & Dusty’s Band.
There were games for kids, as well as wagon rides around the track pulled by two outstanding draft mules, Romulus and Bev, owned and driven by Kay O’Hanlon and Ed Myruski. The wagon ride was overwhelmingly popular with adults and children alike.
Topping 25 stunning hats and models, it was a daunting task for judges Crystal Tweed, Barbara Martinez and Amanda Dana to choose three finalists. Emcee Ken Tschan kept the crowd cheering while introducing each contestant as they strutted before the crowd. First place finish, Yvonne Eaton; 2nd place finish, Sindi Price; and third place finish Diane Eisgruber.
Romulus and Bev, draft mules, driven by Kay O’Hanlon.Photo by Geri Schwarz.
The event was organized by Linda Myer, Manager, heart, soul, and driving force, along with many talented employees, and a group of devoted volunteers and sponsors. Linda, thrilled with the crowd, said “every year builds on the previous year. The mule team was such a great success, and we look forward to seeing them again.”
Overhearing several guests question whether harness racing continues at Historic Track, since it had been decades since their attendance, the Goshen Historic Track team wishes to remind everyone that racing for the 2019 season begins with matinee racing on June 16 and June 23, and grand circuit competition on July 4, 5, 6, and 7. Post times 1:00 p.m. If you haven’t been to Goshen for “decades” or have never experienced the excitement, see our sport played by the most talented trainers, drivers and equines in the industry. We’ve be at it since 1838.
Oh, and the point of this article, the Kentucky Derby? Country House won, paid $132.40….and the preceding and ensuing mayhem is already history.