While the focus of horse racing attention is on Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby this weekend we do a great tradition of horse racing in Orange County. The Goshen Historic Track, 20 minutes from us, boasts over 169 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. “The Story of Harness Racing by Currier & Ives” is open and on exhibit until Spring 2012. A display of the Museum’s collection of world-class historic bronze horse statues from the mid nineteenth century to the present will be showcased. Works include Trotter c.1850 and Barbary Stallion Djinn c.1846, by mid-nineteenth century Animalier sculptors Isidore Jules Bonheur and Pierre Jules Mene, enhances the Harness Racing Museum’s Currier & Ives exhibition.http:/ /

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