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Goshen is harness racing’s heart over July 4th weekend
Thursday, June 12, 2014 - by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

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Freehold, NJ --- All the racing and harness racing history a person could want will be found in one place over the long Fourth of July weekend in Goshen, N.Y.

With racing every day from July 3 to July 6 at Goshen Historic Track and the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame adjacent to the track at 240 Main Street, Goshen is a “one stop shop” for harness racing fans.

Here’s the comprehensive list of Goshen events:

Thursday, July 3: 10 a.m. Museum open and free to all visitors.

1 p.m. Grand Circuit racing at Goshen Historic Track, 44 Park Place, New York-sired fair races and under saddle race. Admission is $5 for adults, includes a program.

Friday, July 4: 10 a.m. Museum opens. At 11:30 a.m., reading and book signing -- Barbara Livingston and Ellen Harvey, Standardbred Old Friends.

1 p.m. Landmark Stakes for 2- and 3-year-olds, Goshen Historic Track. Guest outriders are Dreamy Starlet and McKeever Hanover, horses featured in Standardbred Old Friends. They will do a meet and greet after race five. The book is on sale to benefit Historic Track throughout the race card.

Saturday, July 5: 10 a.m. Museum opens. Meet cartoonist and artist Peb (Pierre Bellocq) in the Carriage Room where his unique and familiar artwork is on display.

10 a.m. Great American Weekend festivities, Village Square in Goshen. Craft, antique show, entertainment, children’s rides.

1 p.m. Excelsior Series for New York-breds and amateur races at Goshen Historic Track.

12:30–2:30 p.m. The 30-year-old Sir Taurus, a top New York sire and featured in Standardbred Old Friends book, greets the public from a stall behind the grandstand at 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30. Photos welcome. Copies of Standardbred Old Friends on sale to benefit Historic Track.

Sunday, July 6: 10 a.m. Museum opens.

11 a.m. Great American Weekend festivities, Village Square in Goshen. Craft, antique show, entertainment, children’s rides.

Noon to 1 p.m.: Ellen Harvey signs copies of Standardbred Old Friends. Museum Concourse.

1 p.m. Hall of Fame drivers race, under saddle and Excelsior Series racing at Goshen Historic Track. Drivers to sign autographs and greet the public after their race. From 1 p.m. to the Hall of Fame race, Ellen Harvey will sign Standardbred Old Friends to benefit Historic Track.

5 p.m. Grand opening of the Remember Roosevelt exhibit at Harness Racing Museum.

5:30 p.m. Hall of Fame induction festivities begin with the cocktail hour in Haughton Hall, for tickets call 845.294.6330.

6:30 p.m. Hall of Fame dinner and ceremony start on the Museum lawn.

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