Goshen Historic Track Flag LARGE Banner Grand Circuit Orange County New York For Sale
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Goshen Historic Track Flag LARGE Banner Grand Circuit Orange County New York: $650
Incredible vintage double sided Goshen Historic track Banner that reads GRAND CIRCUIT GOSHEN.Huge size measuring 8' ft long x 46'' wide on thick canvas material.Probably from the 1940s or 50s.The
Historic Track is a half-mile harness racing track in Goshen, New York.
It was opened in 1838 and has been in operation ever since, the oldest
continuously operated horse racing track in North America.Informal horse races had been held along neighboring Main Street (now part of NY 207) since the 1750s. The
Goshen Historic Track is the oldest active trotting track in the world.
It was the first half-mile track to host a sub two-minute mile
(Greyhound’s 1:59 ¾ in 1937), the first track in New York State to have
pari-mutuel betting and the first half-mile track to join the Grand
Circuit in 1911. That year, Mrs. Mary Harriman donated the grandstand.
Thousands of racing fans have watched the greats of harness racing from
that grandstand. Historic Track is certainly one reason why Goshen and
the surrounding area are known as “The Cradle of the Trotter”.Goshen
Historic Track boasts over 181 years of sporting tradition. The famous
half-mile oval has hosted some of the greatest standardbreds including
Messenger, after whom the great oak tree at the head of Historic Track’s
stretch run is named, Uhlan, Speedy Rodney, Greyhound, Titan Hanover,
Proximity, Tassel Hanover, Star’s Pride, Matastar, and Goldsmith Maid.
Hambletonian, a grandson of Messenger, was shown here over a century
ago. The list is a who’s who of standardbred racing.In 1966, the
National Park Service designated Historic Track as a Registered
Historic Landmark. The Track was the first of only two sporting sites in
America to be so designated. Churchill Downs received a similar
distinction 22 years later in 1988. The Track looks to the future when
its grandstand will be filled with not only racing fans but concert
goers, craft exhibitors, and people from all over the area who just want
to relax and enjoy the setting.