GOLDSMITH MAID t, 2:14 1953 [1857-1885]
Manalapan, NJ --- Goldsmith Maid, the great trotting mare of the 19th century, will be honored at her birthplace in Sussex County on Saturday, Oct. 10, at 2 p.m. with ceremonies in Wantage Township, N.J.
Sussex County Freeholder Glen Vetrano will preside over the unveiling of the plaque, a project of the Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Newton Historic Preservation Commission. Vetrano is a Standardbred owner and breeder, and a member of the United States Trotting Association and the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey.
Since 2000, 30 markers have been placed on historic sites through the Sussex County Historic Marker Program. Goldsmith Maid was born in Sussex County in what was then called Deckertown, N.J.
The inscription on the plaque reads:
Queen of the Trotters
Here in the Clove in 1857 a filly of Hambletonian lineage was foaled on the farm of John B. Decker. When fully grown, a bay standardbred mare 15 hands, she was bought by Alden Goldsmith of Washington, NY and won her first harness race at Goshen on September 7, 1865. Trained and driven by Budd Doble, Goldsmith Maid won 95 of 121 races from Boston to Sacramento. Best time 2:14 made at Boston in 1874. Estimated earnings $364,200, a record until the 1940s. The Maid won her last race at age 20 and died at Henry N. Smith’s Fashion Stud Farm, Trenton, NJ on September 23, 1885.
The dedication ceremony on Oct. 10 will take place at Kuperus Meadows, 51 Unionville Road-County Route 651 in Wantage Township, N.J.