Help Preserve a Tradition
The world’s oldest active harness racing track looks back while looking ahead!
The older we get, the more we change!
As we start a new year, it’s a good time to fill you in on the achievements of Goshen Historic Track. Last year’s membership helped make it possible for us to completely refurbish the historic Arden Barn which had not seen a face lift for over a century! Our ticket booth, which will be your first point of entry for the races, received new siding, a new roof, and a fresh coat of paint. This past year we also rebuilt the manure and sawdust pits at the Parkway Barn, and we have able to maintain one of the finest and best tracks in the area. On our wish list for the coming year are a new track conditioner and plow truck.
We are excited to announce that two years after the devastating fire in August 2017 which completely destroyed the Blacksmith Shop and half of the BOCES Barn, the resplendent Fleming Memorial Barn is now complete and houses the precious artifacts of the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame. In addition, work has begun on the Arden Barn Extension, which will accommodate the Bosler Blacksmith Shop, five horse stalls and a wash stall.
Thanks to the continued success last year, on May 2nd we will once more hold our Annual Derby Party in conjunction with the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby. On August 1st we will also play host to the 5th Annual Honor Flight concert by 18-time Grammy winner Jimmy Sturr, one of the top Grammy winners of all time! In the coming year, the track will be home for our annual Easter Sunrise Service on April 12th as well as various shows, weddings, and the Goshen High School graduation ceremony. And of course, the Great American Weekend will be held the weekend of July 4, attracting visitors from all over the Hudson Valley with the track as a focal centerpiece for the festivities. Grand Circuit racing will coincide with Great American Weekend, July 2 – 5.
Last year’s matinee races were a tremendous success with our 1st annual First Responders Family Day, which will be held this year on June 14th. Our second day of matinee racing honored the seniors of our community and will be held on June 21st this year. You will receive two tickets to each day of matinee racing with your membership.
Join us in the new decade!
If you wish to make a donation above the membership fee, our anonymous benefactor will match the amount of your gift.
Winners of the 2018 Kentucky Derby Day Ladies’ Hat Contest
As you can see, the GHT is much more than just a race track preserving Harness Racing for future generations, but also an institution intricately involved in the life of the community that surrounds it. Our activities, programs, events and improvements are all made possible by your continued membership. You can renew today through the link on our website or by filling out the enclosed form.
Membership with the Goshen Historic Track will benefit you and our community by celebrating the sport of harness racing here at the country’s oldest active horse racing track – 110 years and still going strong! We greatly value your past support and hope you will come out and join us for some of this year’s festivities.