Earlier this week fire swept the stables at the Goshen Historic Track (GHT), in Goshen, New York, but not before all 16 of the Standardbred horses residing inside were led to safety.
Steve Jones, president of the GHT board of directors, said facilities manager Tim Masters noticed smoke coming from the stable area on Aug. 23. After notifying authorities, Masters and others were able to remove all of the horses inside from their stalls.
By the time fire crews arrived, the blacksmith shop, a row of stalls, and most of a barn were completely engulfed in flames.
“It’s a devastating loss but we will rebuild,” Jones said.
Established in 1838, the GHT is located adjacent to the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame and is the oldest active trotting track in the world. The National Park Service registered it as a historic landmark in 1996.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.