The schedule for Goshen this year is as follows:
- July 1 - The NY State Fair Sire Stakes for three year old pacers; The Catskill Amateur Drivers Pace; The Ladies Invitation for women drivers.
- July 2 - The Landmark Stakes for 2yo and 3yos of both sexes and gaits.
- July 3 - The NY State Fair Sire Stakes for three year old trotters; CKG Billings Amateur Drivers Series; Hall of Fame Trot (Invitational). Guest appearance by Gallo Blue Chip. Scheduled to drive in the Hall of Fame Trot is Jim Doherty, Herve Filion, Wally Hennessey, Mick Lachance, Cat Manzi, Bill O'Donnell, Dave Palone and Ray Remem.
- July 4 - New York County Fair Races for 2yo and 3yo pacers and trotters.
Lest you think these races are like qualifying races, you would be mistaken. The first three days of racing, there will be purses that exceed many racetracks, including some racinos. Granted, on July 4, the racing will consist mainly of the not ready for prime time horses, but they will still be strutting their stuff as the purses at Goshen will be higher than most of the other county fairs in New York and being contested on one of the best fair tracks in the state.
When the day's races are over, stop by the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame to see the latest exhibits. Admission is always free to the Harness Racing Museum. The Museum is on the upper end of the homestretch.
So if you have no plans that weekend and are in the area, stop by. If you are at Goshen on July 2, there is a special Saturday evening program at Monticello Raceway which features their annual fireworks show.
Monmouth Park Correction: My sources had told me that Lou Raffetto Jr. was to take over duties at Monmouth Park. Well, according to The Blood Horse, this is not true as Raffetto is to take over as President of the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC). All I can say is they better pay Raffetto well as the TOC is committed to the increase in their takeout to raise purses. They claim they realize they will be losing handle but they need to get higher purses. Under this logic as handle finally drops to the point where it can't cover the purse increase what are they going to do? Raise purses again? The saddest thing is the TOC claims it may take 3-4 years to achieve their goal. Not being a thoroughbred player I could care less, but in 3 to 4 years there may not be a thoroughbred industry to raise takeout on anymore..