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Joe Gerrity Jr Memorial Pace July 21st

Saturday, July 21st, 2018

Enjoy an exciting night of racing. The twelve race program includes the annual Joe Gerrity Jr Memorial Pace (purse $260,000.00), six NYS Sire Stake races and the 6th race patrons will see Foiled Again whose earnings are over $7.5 million. Post time begins at 7:05PM

There’s a free T-shirt giveaway, $2 programs, 77 cent Stewarts ice cream cones and $7777.00 pool for pick 5 wager.

The “Toga Toga Double” wagering in conjunction with Saratoga Race Course begins with the Diana Stakes and ends with the Joe Gerrity Jr Memorial Pace. Wagers are available at outlets that accept bets for both NYRA racing and Saratoga Harness.

Services for Mitchell Bogen

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

Mitchell R. Bogen,55, passed away Thursday January 4,2018 at Saratoga Hospital.
He was the son of the late Suandra and Harold Bogen. He attended East Meadow High
School, served in the US Navy as communications and intelligence specialist and was
honorably discharged in 1986. Mitch enjoyed fishing and horses. He was employed by
Dowd Racing Stable.

Services are Wednesday January 10, 2018 from 2-3PM at William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing
Cunniff Funeral Home, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs NY. A Funeral Service will
follow at 3PM.

Race Office and Qualifiers

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

The race office will reopen on Tuesday, February 6.

Qualifiers will be held on February 7, 10 & 14 @10:30am. They will return to their normal Friday slot on February 23 also @10:30am.

The first draw will take place on Thursday, February 15, box closes at 9am.

Condolences to Family and Friends of Paul Bernardo

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Paul passed away unexpectedly at the age of 65. He was a very well respected horseman at Pompano Park, Tioga Downs and Saratoga Raceway, had been in the midst of a very successful season at Pompano Park.
Information on services for Bernardo are yet to be finalized, however, there will be a memorial event at Pompano Park along with a memorial mass and celebration of his life in his hometown of Granville, N.Y. There will be a private service and burial in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, as well.
Paul survived by his wife and 2 daughters.
Family and friends are invited to make donations to GoFundMe to benefit his daughters.

SHHA Election Results

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

The ballots were counted at noon today in the recreation room by Mark Whitcroft,Butch DeVaux,Brian Cross and Karen Kamal.
The three elected officials are Jeff Cantine, George Merton Jr and Scott Mongeon.
Their terms will expire December 31,2021.
Congratulations gentlemen.

Childrens’ Santa Luncheon Cancelled

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

Unfortunately, the Santa Luncheon is cancelled for December 9th due to a lack of participants.


Friday, February 17th, 2017

POST TIME 12:15 pm




FEBRUARY  20 and 23



FEBRUARY 19, 20, 23, 26




Fortunes Restaurant Horsemens Discount

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Horsemen may obtain a 25% discount on meals at Fortunes Restaurant compliments of the Saratoga Harness Horsepersons Association (SHHA) and Saratoga Casino and Raceway.   The discount is available to all SHHA members on live harness racing dates only(as designated in the 2015 Race Calendar.  Blackout days are  Kentucky Derby Day,   Breeders’ Cup Day, Easter Sunday and Mother’s Day Sunday.    You may receive the discount whether or not your horse is racing.

You must have your racing license and SHHA membership card to present to the server.

A maximum of 9 people.

Alcoholic beverages are excluded in the discount.


SHHA Election

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

Election ballots were counted at noon on December 6th in the paddock snack bar.     The individuals with the most votes were:

John Stark Jr

Butch DeVaux


We would like to thank Amy Dowd and Paul Zabielski for their commitment to the industry and willingness to run in the election to represent our racing community.



Appeal of N.Y. Out-of-Competition Rules to be Heard by State’s Highest Court

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

On October 22, 2013, the New York State Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, agreed to hear the  harness horsemen’s appeal challenging the state’s out-of-competition testing regulations. The court determined that the appeal was as a matter of right.


In August 2011, a Supreme Court Justice in Schenectady, New York determined in Ford et al. v. The New York State Racing and Wagering Board that the regulations were unconstitutional, devoid of due process, were arbitrary and capricious and “so lacking in reason as to require nullification in their entirety.”  In July 2013, the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court, sitting in Albany, reversed parts of the Schenectady judge’s decision. The Court of Appeals will now issue the final ruling as to the legality and enforceability of the rules as they relate to Standardbred racing.


Joseph Faraldo, President of the Standardbred Owners Association of New York, one of the petitioners in the lawsuit, commented, “Like the United States Supreme Court, New York’s Court of Appeals hears only a very small fraction of the cases presented to it for appeal each year. We are heartened that the court will hear our arguments against the rules in 2014. From the time this process started several years ago, we have always maintained two things. One is that while we need rational and reasonable out-of-competition rules that catch and punish cheaters, we also need to ensure that the innocent are not ensnared in an indiscriminate dragnet. The other is that the rules promulgated over our strenuous and repeated objections are neither rational nor reasonable; are unconstitutional and, in some instances, would actually assist the cheaters to escape scrutiny and justice. We are confident that after our arguments are heard, the high court will reinstate the reasoned decision of the Schenectady Supreme Court.”


In addition to the Standardbred Owners Association of New York, the petitioners are USTA director Mark Ford, SOA director and USTA district chairman John Brennan, veteran horseman Richard Banca, Sr. and retired SOA executive director George Casale.

The Petitioners have been represented throughout the proceedings by Andrew J. Turro, Esq. of the law firm Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klien, P.C.