Goshen Grand Circuit a huge success

Goshen, NY — Coming off a rain-soaked Saturday card, Goshen Historic Track finished off its 2019 season on Sunday (July 7) with nine power-packed races and a track record performance in its signature event, the Mr. and Mrs. Elbridge T. Gerry Sr. Invitational Hall of Fame Trot.

Jason Bartlett, pictured driving Lights Come On, led all drivers on the Historic Track meeting with seven wins.

The leading driver for the meet was the ever-popular local hero Jason Bartlett, with seven wins over the four-day meet. A fan favorite, Bartlett brings many friends that have never been to a harness race to Goshen Historic Track to enjoy the festivities and join him and his family in every picture.

The race for leading trainer for the 2019 meet resulted in a tie between two superstars: Julie Miller and local training king Ray Schnittker, who both had three wins for the meet. Miller’s three wins all came on Sunday, while Schnittker’s three all came on Friday.

Longtime Pompano Park publicist John Berry served as guest announcer during Sunday’s Goshen card. Geri Schwarz photos.

Sunday’s fans were treated to a guest announcer, as Hall of Famer John Berry called the afternoon’s eighth race. Berry, who travelled from Florida for the Hall of Fame festivities, needed a little coercing to do it, but once in the stand he controlled the crowd like he owned them and delivered one of his patented race calls.

The signature event on Sunday was the Hall of Fame Trot. David Miller and the Nick Surick-trained Zagster obliterated the track record for older trotting geldings in an eye-catching 1:56.4. The Gerry family was on hand with numerous friends and family to greet the winner.

“This is the best field I’ve seen here in years,” a proud Elbridge Gerry Jr. stated, delighted by the quality of the field assembled. “Let’s do it again next year.”

Sunday’s beautiful weather and the fact that numerous Hall of Famers came out contributed to a record-setting day at the track. Linda Myers, a 20-year employee and the glue to smooth running of the facility stated, “That’s the most tickets we’ve sold in my years and I’ve never seen the stands so packed.”

All in all, the four days of racing served as a proud example of the hard work and dedication all the Historic Track employees put in to make the annual event great.

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