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Horsemen Rally Support As Tioga Downs Buries 30 Horses Who Perished In Barn Fire

The 30 horses who perished in last week's barn fire have been given a proper burial near the backstretch of Tioga Downs, according to a release from the track. A monument inscribed with the names of the fallen horses (listed below) will be installed to memorialize them.

Local police have arrested a suspect and charged him with arson.

Fellow horsemen and women have rallied to support those touched by this tragic event with great compassion and generosity. A GoFundMe account has been set up, and Tioga owner Jeff Gural pledged to match up to $100,000 of the money donated.

“It's just sad and senseless that this can happen so randomly,” Gural told “I have a farm 10 minutes away and I love my visits to Tioga for the racing and to spend time with the mares and foals at the farm.

“We're here to help and support these people who have suffered an unthinkable horror and must now rebuild their lives.”

Per, other donations announced include:

  • United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) will be making a $10,000 donation to the Southern Tier Harness Horsemen's Association
  • Standardbred Owners Association of New York's Board of Directors  announced a donation of $5,000.
  • Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) announced its board voted on Tuesday to donate $5,000
  • Additional funds are being raised through stallion auctions via and Preferred Equine Online.

The late horses' epitaph can not be more eloquently stated that it has been in this touching tribute by Jessica Hallett, who also created the above artwork.

Remember their names:

Always Smooth
Better Call Saul
Birdie Three
Blazin Mooss
Buzzards R Flying
Da Boogie Man
Danzon Hanover
Diamond Express
Fireside Tail
Grant Me This
Hall It Off
Hot Shot Joe
Hunts Point
Ideal Chance
Its Rigged
Lone Wolf American
Market Mayhem
Mc Mach
My Delight
Pineapple Sundae
Pocket Watch N
Prairie Dutchess
Ruff Montana Lane
SD Watch Me Now
Silverhill Misty
Slave Labour
Unnamed Yearling

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