Tioga Downs mourns loss of 30 horses, will create memorial in their honor


NICHOLS — A private burial for the over two-dozen racehorses that died in an early morning arson fire at Tioga Downs Casino Resort last week is nearing a somber conclusion, with the racetrack actively working on establishing a dedicated memorial that will stand as a lasting tribute to their impact on the harness racing community.

The horses were laid to rest in a simple service at Tioga Downs in Nichols, and with approval from authorities, they were buried together adjacent to the barn where the incident occurred.

A monument inscribed with the names of the fallen horses (listed below) will be installed to memorialize them.

“Fellow horsemen and women, as they do, have rallied to support those touched by this tragic event with great compassion and generosity. All of the efforts, contributions and tributes are greatly appreciated,” Tioga Downs Vice President of Racing Jason Settlemoir posted on Facebook.

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 Yearing

Editor’s Note: The attached artwork was created by Jessica Hallett.