Archaeologist digs for famous horse's remains at old Beulah Park

January 30, 2017
Dr. Grimstead and backhoe at Beulah Park

Dr. Deanna Grimstead and a team of students attempted to locate and exhume one of Ohio’s most famous race horses, Glacial Princess, from the infield of the now closed Beulah Park. A two time Ohio Horse of the Year, Glacial Princess was buried in the infield of the track after suffering a leg fracture in the Ballerina Stakes at the track.  The team, aided by a backhoe, dug in several areas of the infield but the famous horse's remain eluded them.  A group of Ohio racing enthusiasts had planned to have the remains sent to a Thoroughbred retirement center in Kentucky called Old Friends.  Glacial Princess's remain will stay at the track where a park commemorating Ohio's horse racing history is planned.  The horse's headstone, some dirt from the finish line and old betting ticket found during the dig will be sent to Old Friends. A Columbus Dispatch article has more details about the planned development and the dig to locate Glacial Princess's remains.

 

Old stable row at the closed race track

 

Artifacts found at the dig

 

One of the dig sites at Beulah Park