If you want to see the true beauty of harness racing, make plans to come to Goshen, New York for the Grand Circuit meet being held on July 2 through July 5. There may be no wagering (well, perhaps a few friendly wagers) at Historic Track, but you will experience harness racing the way it should. People hanging out along the rail and touring the stable areas. A grandstand most days full with people who enjoy racing as a sport.
The schedule for this year;s racing action is as follows (post time 1:00pm):
Friday, July 2 - Landmark Stakes for three year olds; amateur races, including the C.K.G. Billings.
Saturday, July 3 - Landmark Stakes for two year olds; NYSS for 3yo filly pacers, and the Farrell Memorial (Women's Invitational)
Sunday, July 4 - NYSS races and the Hall of Fame Invitational (HOF Inductions held at the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame later in the day).
Monday, July 5 - New York County Fair Races for two and three year olds.
There is more to do at Goshen besides attending the races. Of course, a visit to the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame is mandatory. There is something new to see every visit so make sure you stop in even if you have been there before. With free admission, there is no reason not to go. On July 3 and 4, the Village of Goshen hosts the Great American Weekend, which features a craft fair, rides, and other activities for the whole family, young and old. You can attend the fair before and after the races.
If you haven't had your fill of racing there is plenty of high quality pari-mutuel racing in the area. Starting June 30, the Meadowlands will be racing Wednesday thru Saturday nights with a 7:00pm post time which features Grand Circuit racing including the Harriman Cup (July 1); Historic-Dickerson Cup, Coaching Club Trotting Oaks, Ladyship, and The Debutante (July 2); Titan Cup, Jersey Cup, and Goshen Cup (July 3) . Yonkers Raceway races every evening except Wednesday and Sunday with the first race at 7:10pm with July 3 being the eliminations for the Yonkers Trot and the Hudson Filly Trot. Monticello Raceway will be racing on July 1 and 5 with a first post of 12:50pm and on July 3 starting at 7:30 (fireworks show after the races).
So come to Goshen and enjoy a touch of Americana.