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Goshen in Orange County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Good Time Park

 
 
Good Time Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 29, 2019
1. Good Time Park Marker
Inscription.  As early as the mid-1700s this land was known as Fiddler’s Green, a racetrack for Thoroughbreds. In the 1890s Joseph Coates, a pioneer racetrack designer and trotting enthusiast, purchased the land and built a unique three-cornered harness racing track. He named it The Goshen Mile Track. The property was later sold to the E.H. Harriman Family who in turn sold it, in 1926, to William “Bill” Cane, a sports promoter and owner of the Good Time Stable on Main Street, Goshen (now the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame). Cane renamed the track Good Time Park and from the start conducted an annual Grand Circuit meeting (the “major League” of harness racing).

In 1930, after intense lobbying by Cane (whose trotter Walter Dear had won the Hambletonian Stake, the sport’s premier race, the previous year in Lexington, KY), the Stake was awarded to Good Time Park. The Erie Railroad was a stone's throw away, facilitating the arrival and departure of the trotters and pacers, race officials, horsemen, the national media and the more than 35,000 fans who, between 1930 and 1956 (in 1943 it was held at Yonkers), came to Goshen
Good Time Park Marker<br>(<i>wide view from the Orange Heritage Trail</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 29, 2019
2. Good Time Park Marker
(wide view from the Orange Heritage Trail)
every summer to see the stars of the sport and experience the greatest harness racing of the period.

When Cane died in 1956 Good Time Park was sold to Yonkers Raceway. The Park remained a training center for several decades after the Hambletonian Stake moved to DuQuoin, IL in 1957, but racing was no longer held on the site. The Hambletonian Stake is currently held each August at The Meadowlands, East Rutherford, NJ.
 
Location. 41° 23.647′ N, 74° 19.375′ W. Marker is in Goshen, New York, in Orange County. Marker can be reached from South Street 0.1 miles north of North Connector Road (New York State Route 17M), on the left when traveling north. Marker is located near the southeast corner of Good Time Park, along the Orange Heritage Trail, just west of South Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Goshen NY 10924, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Goshen, Orange Co., N.Y. (approx. 0.4 miles away); Goshen Emergency Hospital (approx. 0.4 miles away); Charles J. Everett Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Church Park Historic District (approx. 0.6 miles away); Anna Elizabeth Dickinson (approx. 0.6 miles away); Horace Pippin (approx. 0.6 miles away); Historic Track (approx. 0.6 miles away); Noah Webster (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Goshen.
 
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Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame, Goshen, NY image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 29, 2019
3. Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame, Goshen, NY
(located 3/4 mile north of marker, on Main Street)
 Good Time Park (Wikipedia). Good Time Park remained open after the Hambletonian moved away, hosting other, lesser horse races. The last races were held at Good Time in the 1970s, and the grandstand was finally taken down by the early 1980s. Although it has gone back to woods and fields, Good Time Park's unusual triangular shape is still visible from the air, with New York State Route 17M now cutting through the southern part of the track. The footings of the grandstand can still be found as well as the rail on the inner circumference of the track. A single reviewing stand remains as well, visible from the nearby Orange Heritage Trail. (Submitted on January 9, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 9, 2020. This page originally submitted on January 9, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 9, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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