Thursday, August 19, 2010

Goshen, New York: Historic Track


The harness races in Goshen started in 1838, and they are still taking place today. The half-mile track still hosts some workouts by area horses, which can be seen by visitors to the adjacent Hall of Fame.

If you turn up in Goshen in the correct week, though, you can see racing. In midsummer a week of racing is held. The grandstand, which looks as if it holds a few hundred people, no doubt turn out to see the action. There's no betting, but there is a hand-powered scoreboard in the infield.

It really does feel like the 19th century while walking on the grounds. Which, no doubt, is the idea.

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