Harness Racing

The New York Sire Stakes will take place on Tuesday July 24th.  Post Time 11:00am at the grandstand.

Horse racing was an important event on the program of the first fair. It was an easy event to stage because of the Driving Association track. Prior to the invention of the pace car, races were paced by a pole horse, the horse closest to the hub rail. When the horses reached the judge’s stand, the judge would shout “go” and the race was on. If a horse broke by this time, the track bell would be rung and the horses would return to the post to start again.

In 2011 Boonville-Oneida county Fair had a record number of horses, 112 with 22 races. This was the best record for the New York State county fair race circuit. So come join us on Tuesday to see if the record will again be broken and feel the thrill of harness racing at the Boonville Fairgrounds.