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Condolences to the Facin Family

Monday, May 6th, 2019

Joseph Dominic Facin, passed peacefully in his home on May 1, 2019 with his loving family at his side. Joe was born on May 20, 1930 in Woodbridge, Connecticut.  He served in The Korean War.  Joe met Eleanor (Gabriel) after the war and they were married in 1956.  He went on to serve 20 years as a police officer for the Woodbridge Police Force.  He retired in 1976 and he and Ellie took a journey back to nature, moving from Connecticut to Greenwich, NY, to live on an organic farm. He was the leader of the Knights of Columbus order in Greenwich for many years.  Joseph volunteered at the bingo hall for over 30 years raising funds for those in need and was a member of the Middle Falls Fire Department, Greenwich VFW, and American Legion Post 515.  He truly loved the Greenwich Community as exhibited through his volunteering and service.

He turned his focus and passion into horse racing.  He and his son, Joseph Jr. and his grand-daughter Amanda created Facin Stables and just this past year their trotter Ulster was named trotter of the year at Saratoga Harness.  This made him incredibly proud.

Survivors include his sons, Joseph Jr. (Carole), Thomas (Carol), Dino (Brenda), Kenneth (Kathleen), Ron (Barb); grandchildren, Amanda, Melissa, Jordan, Kresney, Gabe (Chelsi), Andrew, Leah and Elisabeth; great grandchildren, Carmia, Cameron, Casey, Wyatt, Jayden and Rowyn. He is also survived by his beloved younger brother Dominic.

A wake in Joseph’s honor will be held from 3-6 on Friday, May 10, 2019 at the Flynn Bros. Inc. Funeral Home, 80 Main St, Greenwich, NY, 12834.

A private funeral and Interment in the Saratoga National Cemetery will be held at a later date.

Memorials can be made in his memory to the Comfort Food Community, 31 Hill St, Greenwich, NY, 12834

Series Winners

Monday, May 6th, 2019

JP Morel Memorial Pace: Mantario drew the rail in the JP Morel Memorial Pace Final and  with Billy Dobson in his sulky, Mantario cruised to victory and set a new lifetime mark of 1:53.1.

Virginia O’Brien Memorial Pace: Devaux wasted little time putting the favorite on the lead and the Allen Sisco trainee cruised from there. Reflexionofroyalty set a lifetime mark, scoring in 1:55.2

John Mongeon Sr Memorial Trot: Steeve Genois sat patiently in the pocket with Eve Bergeron’s trainee, Pumping Irony before the passing lane opened up turning for home.  Pumping Irony won with a career-best 1:57.2.  

J. P. Morel Memorial Pace

Friday, March 8th, 2019

PACE – 5-Year-Olds & Under, Non-Winners 2 Pari-Mutuel races or $25,000 Lifetime

(Fillies & Mares, Non-Winners 3 P-M races or $30,000 Lifetime) as of March 1, 2019.

Winners over $40,000 in 2018 Ineligible.

** Preference will be given to trainers who had their plurality of starts at SCR in 2018 and must have been the trainer of the nominated horse for its last start as of March 31, 2019 or may be transferred from one eligible trainer to another eligible trainer. ** Outside trainers are encouraged to enter and will be permitted to race if less than 20 preferred nominations are received by the closing date.

1ST Leg                       Saturday, April 20, 2019             $10,000 per division

2nd Leg                       Saturday, April 27, 2019             $10,000 per division

FINAL              Saturday, May 4, 2019                $30,000 (Added)

* Nomination Fee $100.00 ($200 for Non-SHHA Members as of April 1, 2019) *

Payments must be postmarked no later than Monday, April 1, 2019

Fillies nominated to the Virginia O’Brien will be considered eligible to this series if it was cancelled before the 1st leg.

Nominations close April 1, 2019.  Nominations fee of $100 (Non-SHHA members $200.00) must accompany all nominations in U.S. Funds only.  All dashes to be raced at one mile.  Horses must race in both legs to be eligible for the final or any consolations. The final is for the top 8 point winners of the series. No trainer will be allowed multiple entries in the final and/or consolations without bona-fide separate ownership. No trainer will be allowed multiple entries in the final or consolations if said trainer owns a part of any entrant. No owner will be allowed multiple entries in the final or consolations. Ties to be decided by lot.  Points will be 50-25-12-8-5 regardless of dead heats and count only to determine the eligible for the final.  Should any of the top point winners fail to declare, the next highest point winners that have declared will be eligible so that there may be 8 starters in the final.  The next highest point winners will be the Also Eligible.  All post positions and ties will be drawn by lot.  If more than one division, SCR reserves the right to race additional division(s) on the racing day immediately following the advertised date.  SCR reserves the right to reject any nomination and/or declaration.  If an insufficient number of nominations and/or declarations are received.  SCR reserved the right to cancel the series or any leg or final.  Rules of the New York State Gaming Commission shall govern.  Entries must meet track standards at time of declaration.

John Mongeon Sr. Memorial Trot

Friday, March 8th, 2019

TROT – 5-Year-Olds & Under,

Non-Winners 2 Pari-Mutuel races or $25,000 Lifetime

(Fillies & Mares, Non-Winners 3 P-M races or $30,000 Lifetime) as of March 1, 2019.

Winners over $40,000 in 2018 Ineligible.

** Preference will be given to trainers who had their plurality of starts at SCR in 2018 and must have been the trainer of the nominated horse for its last start as of March 31, 2019 or may be transferred from one eligible trainer to another eligible trainer. ** Outside trainers are encouraged to enter and will be permitted to race if less than 20 preferred nominations are received by the closing date.

1ST Leg           Wednesday, April 17, 2019        $10,000 per division

2nd Leg           Wednesday, April 24, 2019        $10,000 per division  

   FINAL           Wednesday, May 1, 2019           $30,000 (Added)

** Nomination Fee $100.00 ($200 for Non-SHHA Members as of April 1, 2019) **

Payments must be postmarked no later than Monday, April 1, 2019

Nominations close April 1, 2019.  Nominations fee of $100 (Non-SHHA members $200.00) must accompany all nominations in U.S. Funds only.  All dashes to be raced at one mile. Horses must race in both legs to be eligible for the final or any consolations. The final is for the top 8 point winners of the series. No trainer will be allowed multiple entries in the final and/or consolations without bona-fide separate ownership. No trainer will be allowed multiple entries in the final or consolations if said trainer owns a part of any entrant. No owner will be allowed multiple entries in the final or consolations. Ties to be decided by lot. Points will be 50-25-12-8-5 regardless of dead heats and count only to determine the eligible for the final.  Should any of the top point winners fail to declare, the next highest point winners that have declared will be eligible so that there may be 8 starters in the final.  The next highest point winners will be the Also Eligible.  All post positions and ties will be drawn by lot.  If more than one division, SCR reserves the right to race additional division(s) on the racing day immediately following the advertised date.  SCR reserves the right to reject any nomination and/or declaration.  If an insufficient number of nominations and/or declarations are received.  SCR reserved the right to cancel the series or any leg or final.  Rules of the New York State Gaming Commission shall govern.  Entries must meet track standards at time of declaration.

2018 Award Winners

Sunday, January 20th, 2019

2

Driver of the Year     Billy Dobson                             

Trainer of the Year    Melissa Beckwith

Horseman of the Year    Billy Dobson                        

Horsewoman of the Year  Melissa Beckwith

Johnny Page Award Driver Breakthrough                   Brett Crawford

Peerless McGrath Award Trainer Breakthrough       Eve Bergeron

2yr old Pacer                                                   Doodad Hanover

3yr old Pacer                                                              Century Endeavor

Filly/Mare Claiming Pacer ($8000-20,000)         Post Time Terror

Claiming Pacer  ($6000-12,500)                              Dinner Guest

Claiming Pacer  ($15,000 and up)                          Black is Black

Pacer of the Year                                                        Artful Way

Filly/Mare of the Year                                               Spreester

2yr old Trotter                                                            Lifetime Credit                      

3yr old Trotter                                                            Jeter’s Way

Claiming Trotter ($6000-12,000)                             Blitz Victory

Claiming Trotter ($12,500 and up)                        Swancredit

Trotter of the Year                                                     Ulster

Horse of the Year                                                        Artful Way and Spreester

Condolences to the Family of Joseph Aloy

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019

Joseph Aloy, age 81, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 6, 2019 at his home. He was born on May 18, 1937 in Poughkeepsie, NY, the son of the late Paul Aloy and Mary Verrotti Aloy. In 1963 Joe married Katherine Holowczak, moved to Red Hook, NY and started his racing stable Echo Brook Farms. He owned, trained and drove several outstanding standardbred race horses including Scrooge and Echo Brook Phil. Echo Brook Phil went on to finish third in the first Million Dollar Purse of the NY OTB Classic at Monticello Raceway. In 1977, he and his family moved to Saratoga Springs. He owned, and operated Aloy’s Harness & Equipment located on the grounds of Saratoga Harness Track, for 32 years, retiring in December 2009. He loved the job and the people he saw daily. Joe enjoyed traveling with his family and a fan of the NY Yankees, NY Giants and Syracuse football and basketball. Most of all he adored time with his four grandchildren. Joseph is survived by his wife of 53 years, Katherine Aloy; daughters, Annamarie Aloy, Mary Aloy and son-in-law, Gary Quirion; son, Paul Aloy and daughter-in-law, Maria; grandchildren, Liam Whitehead, Katie Whitehead, Joseph and Jacob Aloy; sister, Mary Ose; and nephews and cousins.  

Family and friends may call from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Wednesday, January 9, 2018 at Compassionate Funeral Care, 402 Maple Ave. (Rte 9 and/or Marion Ave.), Saratoga Springs, NY. The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the Greenfield Fire Department and Wilton EMS for all their concern and help over the past year. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Greenfield Fire Department or the American Heart Association.A private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family.

Last Call for Banquet Tickets

Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

The last call for banquet tickets is Saturday, January 5th. Tickets will be available in the Horsemen’s Restaurant from 10:30-Noon. Please see Karen.

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.