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SOANY announces Goshen qualifiers canceled

May 13, 2020

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The Standardbred Owners Association of New York (SOANY) has posted the following information announcing the cancellation of qualifiers at Goshen Historic Track. The posting stated:

“Due to our inability to get a response thus far from the State Economic Development (SED) Corporation as was recently (Friday) required by the Chief of Police of the Village of Goshen, the SOA of NY regrets to inform you that until that is secured we must cancel the Qualifiers that had been scheduled for this Friday, May 15th and Saturday,May 16th until further notice.

"While we have invested much time and effort in this project, we need to continue to work collaboratively with all government officials as we seek to take necessary steps such as qualifiers on the road, to the ultimate resumption of pari-mutuel racing at our tracks.

"This was obviously not the result we had hoped to achieve and, we, as we are sure you are, were very much disappointed. However, we believe it is in the best interest of aiding our return to racing to cancel at this time with the hope of getting the necessary document which would allow us to reschedule as soon as possible.

"We will keep you apprised of our progress in getting the required go ahead from the SED. Of course, if and when we get the approval we will reschedule and immediately advise.

"For now, thanks to our professionals:Rod Newhart, our race secretary and official charter (who was set to drive up at noon today from Ohio); Ozzie Cole, our Presiding Judge; Liz Stubitz, our Paddock Judge, Drs. Janet Durso and Brian MacNamara and the USTA staff, including TC Lane.

"We also thank everyone from Goshen who have worked so hard to try to make this happen, including: Steve Jones, President of the Goshen Historic Track, George Casale, its General Counsel, Patrick English, a board member, Tim Masters, track maintenance (still putting up the portable stalls as of today). The entire team at Goshen is just extraordinary.

"We hope to have an update in the near future so that we can reschedule these important qualifiers.”

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