12/20/2012 1:11PM

Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame burglarized

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This silver Faberge soup tureen and ladle were among the trophies stolen from the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame.

Thieves broke into the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame sometime overnight between Monday and Tuesday, making off with more than a dozen trophies from a display case, the Goshen, N.Y., facility said in a press release issued Wednesday.

Among the items stolen were a sterling silver Faberge soup tureen and ladle, the Memphis Gold Challenge Cup, the gold Weaver Loving Cup, and a Tiffany basket-shaped bowl inscribed “Worthy Chief.” All of the items were made between 1895 and 1946 and had been part of the museum’s collection since shortly after it opened in 1951.

Also missing from the museum are a gold loving cup inscribed to T. Murphy, a two-handled cup inscribed “Purity Ice Cream,” a loving cup inscribed “Western Harness Racing Association,” a silver oval platter inscribed “American Trotting Championship,” a three-handled bowl inscribed “Frederick,” a platter inscribed “Ladyship Stakes,” a two-handled loving cup inscribed “Opera Express,” and two silver chalices with gold interior inscribed “Reynolds Memorial” and “Cane Memorial.”

“The Goshen police are working with multiple agencies, and we are hopeful their efforts may lead to the recovery of some of these items,” said Janet Terhune, the museum’s director. “The trophies are clearly inscribed, and the Faberge trophy is inscribed in Cyrillic.”

There is a $10,000 reward for information leading to the return of the Faberge tureen and the Memphis Gold Challenge Cup.

Anyone with information is asked to call Goshen police at (845) 294-7988.

Patricia Doyle More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately, there are too many people who do not value our past, not just racing past but human past. I worked for 20 years at Yonkers raceway, owned harness horses too, and the harness racing history is very important to me. These are items that are irreplaceable. I do hope they get them all back, but at least some will help. Makes you wonder what kind of bums do such a thing.
horseswriter More than 1 year ago
What a shame. While I am not a great harness racing fan, I hate to see part of its heritage ripped away. Despicable sub-humans that would do this.