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Condolences to the Family of Bruce Aldrich Sr.

Monday, July 5th, 2021

Monticello, NY – Bruce Aldrich, Sr., 70, surrounded by family, died suddenly on June 30, 2021 due to medical complications at Garnet Health Center in Middletown, New York.

Bruce Aldrich Sr, 70, died June 30, 2021. Photo courtesy of Colonial Ramsey Funeral Home.

The son of Basil and Gloria Aldrich, Bruce was born on November 13, 1950, in Brattleboro, Vermont.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Linda, who died in 2003 and second wife, Maureen, who died in 2009.

Bruce is survived by his fiancé, Linda Boyd; his son, Bruce Aldrich, Jr. and fiancé, Laura Perino; his daughter, Michelle Hallett and husband, John Hallett; his grandchildren, Jessica and Jonathan Hallet, Brianna Aldrich, and Jordan Hoffman; his siblings, Basil, Bernie, and Brenda Aldrich; and several nieces and nephews.

His greatest joy in life was his family. He was a successful harness racing trainer and former driver with a current stable full of racehorses at Monticello Raceway. His proudest moments in horse racing were working with Jazz Cosmos for Mickey McNichol and Sundance Skipper for Carl Allen. His favorite horses were Samsawinner and Witch and Famous.

Many remember Bruce for his sense of humor and positive attitude.  He was a true hero throughout his life and faced every battle with a smile. The world will not shine as bright without his smile and it will be quieter without his laughter. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all who knew him.

A remembrance will be held Thursday, July 8, 2021, from 6-9 p.m. at Colonial Ramsay Funeral Home, 55 St. John Street, Monticello, NY.  Social distancing guidelines set forth by the New York State Department of Health will be in place; masks must be worn at all times.

Arrangements are under the care of Colonial Ramsay Funeral Home, 55 St. John Street, Monticello. For additional information, contact the funeral home at 845-794-2700, or visit the website at www.colonialfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Condolences to the Forbes Family

Monday, June 28th, 2021

Jeffrey Lynn Forbes, age 64, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday June 23, 2021, at Saratoga Hospital with his family by his side. He was born on July 9, 1956, in Saratoga Springs, NY son of the late Robert Forbes and Betty (Nixon) Forbes Garris.  

Jeffrey graduated from SUNY Albany with his bachelor’s degree and started his own taxi/medical transportation business.  Jeffrey was the owner and operator of the T&C Taxi out of Cambridge, NY.

Jeffrey enjoyed his time on Saratoga Lake. He loved putting his dock in the water season after season to swim with his family and friends. He and his wife purchased a Bennington Pontoon boat in 2005 and named it after their girls “The Shnick”. In his younger years he enjoyed playing football, and powerlifting. He spent Monday nights in a golf league and was assistant coach to his daughter’s softball team. Jeff never missed an opportunity to watch his daughters ride horses, dance, play softball, and cheerlead. He loved to watch his grandson play basketball at the YMCA. He enjoyed long rides with an unknown destination on Sundays, followed by the occasional family dinner. He loved watching horse racing from the back stretch at the Saratoga Track.

Jeffrey is survived by his loving wife Karen Forbes.  Loving father of Shannon (Eric) Van Hall, and Nicole (Jose) Forbes.  Proud grandfather of Braden, Chloe, Madison, Amelia and Amaiyah.  Further survived by his father and mother-in-law Earl and Nancy Bean.  Sister in laws Linda Bean and Julie (Kevin) Brasser. Brother-in-law Timothy Bean as well as several nieces and nephews.  

He is preceded in death by his Mother Betty Forbes Garris, his Step Father Garnet Garris, his Father Robert Forbes and His brother Sergeant John D. Forbes.

A funeral service will be held at 6 pm on Sunday, July 11, 2021 at Compassionate Funeral Care, 402 Maple Ave. (Rte 9 and/or Marion Ave.), Saratoga Springs, NY.  Family and friends may call from 3:45 pm to 5:45 pm prior to the service at the funeral home.

SHHA June 24, 2021 Communication

Saturday, June 26th, 2021
  • All residents have relocated.  The dorm is closed to residents, however access to the restrooms in the dorm will be available from 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily, and until 11:00 p.m. on Saturdays during the Saratoga Thoroughbred Meet.  This item is complete.
  • We are continuing to work on establishing a pension plan for our local horsemen.  The lawyers are finalizing the program documents.  All personnel who submitted an application will be notified during July by letter as to their status regarding acceptance in the plan.  John Hoagland has the lead for this item.
  • The racing schedule as currently envisioned is to continue our current schedule through July 14th.  Beginning July 17th and for the duration of the Saratoga Thoroughbred Meet, we will be racing Monday and Tuesday afternoons at 12:00 and Saturday evenings at 6:45.  Following Labor Day, we will race on September 7th (Tuesday) and September 8th (Wednesday) at 12:00 for that week.  Starting on September 12th (Sunday) through December 14th (Tuesday) we will be racing Sunday through Tuesday weekly at 12:00.
  • Starting on Monday, June 28th SCRI will be switching to a four (4) race paddock.  SCRI will be publishing details prior to the 28th.
  • We are currently working with SCRI to finalize our plans for promotions for our racing meet that runs during the Saratoga thoroughbred meet.  Please look for details to be published by SCRI.
  • In an effort to help with some of the financial burden of racing, we have decided to pay the starting fee (increased to $26.30 as of June 1st, per the NYSGC) for out of the money finishers from the purse account effective June 1, 2021.
  • The Disaster Fund has been transitioned to the Charitable Contribution and Hardship Fund.  The process to request funds will be posted on the SHHA website.  Please review the process/protocol for any requests.  John Hoagland, Jr., Jake Zakrewski, and Joe Battaglia have responsibility for this activity.  Please feel free to discuss any questions on this item with them.
  • Due to several requests from our members we are currently looking into the potential to have an outrider.  John Hoagland, Jr. has the lead for this item.
  • We are currently working with SCRI to develop a detailed emergency plan for off hours.  Jake Zakrzewski and Butch Devaux have the lead for this item.

General Items:

  • The Main Track will be open Monday through Wednesday from 6 am until 9:30 am and Thursday through Saturday from 6 am until 1 pm.  The Jog Track will be open Sunday through Saturday from 6 am until 1 pm.  If maintenance/weather necessitates a change to the current schedule trainers will be notified by Club Text message from SCRI.  Please call Amy Gentile (518-581-5747) if you need access to Club Text.
  • The Board currently has several committees which review and address relevant items with the rest of the Board and recommend actions to address these items.  You do not need to be a Board member to be on a committee, so if you would like to help out your fellow horse people please feel free to join a committee.  We would greatly appreciate your involvement and support. We thank Michelle Crawford, Jessica and Olivia Derue for joining the Promotion Committee!
  • Backstretch maintenance and improvement items are continuing.  Tom McTygue has the lead for this initiative.
  • SCRI has awarded the Main Track Fence Replacement contract.  Materials are ordered and work will start as soon as materials are delivered.  It is currently anticipated that work will begin July 1st and will take approximately two weeks to complete.
  • We are currently working on getting two additional televisions installed in the paddock.  Jake Zakrzewski has the lead for this item.
  • For those SHHA members who are currently on the Health Insurance Plan you should have received a notification from BCBSNENY regarding a class action lawsuit.  If you have any questions please contact our Administrative Assistant, Karen Kamal.
  • SCRI has requested that all trainers who have a horse win ensure that a groom or other individual travel to the Winner’s Circle to be with the horse while the photograph is taken.  Your cooperation in this matter is appreciated.

If you have any questions for the Board, please do not hesitate to contact one of the twelve (12) current Board members or the Horsemen’s Representative.  We would like to work together with you to support you in any way we reasonably can.  Thank you, in advance, for your support!

Our next meeting is currently scheduled for July 22, 2021 at 12:30 in the Recreation Room adjacent to the Track Kitchen.

SHHA Board of Directors Nomination Forms

Saturday, June 26th, 2021

The following SHHA’s directors terms expire 12/31/21:
Jeffrey Cantine
George Merton Jr
Scott Mongeon

Want to be on the ballot?
If you are a current SHHA member- owner, trainer or driver in good standing and interested in serving on the Saratoga Harness Horsepersons Board of Directors, please request a nomination form by email [email protected], call 518-775-0975 or request one from Tom McTygue.
You must receive signatures from 25 current SHHA members, please attempt to obtain more than 25 signatures.

Forms must be mailed and postmarked no later than Sept. 1, 2021
Mailing address: SHHA PO Box 171 Saratoga Springs NY 12866

Dogs Prohibited From Backstretch

Thursday, June 10th, 2021

A decision has been made regarding dogs in the Backstretch. As we know dogs were never allowed back here and there are signs posted as you come in stating so. At some point this was overlooked and Security did not enforce this rule. Prior to the handbook coming out we asked that if you currently brought a dog onto the Backstretch to register the animal. The plan was to grandfather those dogs in and not allow anymore dogs after that. We received less responses then the actual number of dogs we have on the property. This past year we have had more issues with dogs on the Backstretch. Incidents include of dogs attacking other dogs and staff as well as dogs running unsupervised on and near the jog track. Security has had to stop dogs from running onto Nelson avenue in the past. So it was determined that based on current and past incidents ALL DOGS for the safety and good working order of the Backstretch registered or not will not be allowed on the grounds. This will go into effect Friday 6/11/2021. Please do not bring or attempt to bring any dog into the Backstretch on or after 6/11/2021 you will be stopped at the Stable gate and sent out. Any dog found on the Backstretch or in a vehicle will be in violation of the Horseperson’s Handbook General rules page 3 Section (F) which addresses the Animal policy.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.

Charles Astarita

Saratoga Casino Hotel

SHHA May 2021 Communication

Friday, May 21st, 2021

Significant Items:

  • SCRI has determined the closure date for the backstretch dorm to be June 1, 2021.  All current permanent residents have been notified and SCRI has contacted all recent part-time and/or non-permanent residents regarding the closure date.  SCRI and SHHA are continuing to assist these personnel during the transition period.  Mickey McGivern has the lead for this item.
  • We are continuing to work on establishing a pension plan for our local horsemen.  Actions in progress include preparing the legal documents necessary to establish the plan.  We are expecting the final documents to be issued during May.  John Hoagland has been at the track periodically to answer questions and take applications.  All personnel who submitted an application will be notified by letter as to their status regarding acceptance in the plan.  John Hoagland has the lead for this item.
  • The racing scheduled as currently envisioned is to continue our current schedule through July 14th.  Beginning July 19th and for the duration of the Saratoga Thoroughbred Meet, we plan on racing Monday and Tuesday afternoons at 12:00 and Saturday evening, post time TBD.

General Items:

  • The Main Track will be open Monday through Wednesday from 6 am until 9:30 am and Thursday through Saturday from 6 am until 1 pm.  The Jog Track will be open Sunday through Saturday from 6 am until 1 pm.  If maintenance/weather necessitates a change to the current schedule trainers will be notified by Club Text message from SCRI.  Please call Amy Gentile (518-581-5747) if you need access to Club Text.
  • The Board currently has several committees which review and address relevant items with the rest of the Board and recommend actions to address these items.  You do not need to be a Board member to be on a committee, so if you would like to help out your fellow horse people please feel free to join a committee.  We would greatly appreciate your involvement and support!
  • SCRI has accepted our proposal to partner on several backstretch maintenance and improvement items.  Work has begun.  Tom McTygue has the lead for this initiative.
  • SCRI has awarded the Main Track Fence Replacement contract.  Materials are ordered and work will start when materials are delivered.  It is currently anticipated that work will begin at the end of June and take approximately two weeks.
  • We are currently working on getting two additional televisions installed in the paddock.  Jake Zakrzewski has the lead for this item.
  • For those SHHA members who are currently on the Health Insurance Plan you should be receiving a notification from BCBSNENY regarding a class action lawsuit.  If you have any questions, please contact our Administrative Assistant, Karen Kamal.  518-775-0975 or [email protected]
  • SCRI has requested that all trainers who have a horse win ensure that a groom or other individual travel to the Winner’s Circle to be with the horse while the photograph is taken.  Your cooperation in this matter is appreciated.

If you have any questions for the Board, please do not hesitate to contact one of the twelve (12) current Board members or the Horsemen’s Representative.  We would like to work together with you to support you in any way we reasonably can.  Thank you, in advance, for your support!

Our next meeting is currently scheduled for June 24, 2021 at 12:30 in the Recreation Room adjacent to the Track Kitchen.

The SHHA Board of Directors

Schooling schedule for May 20, 2021

Wednesday, May 19th, 2021
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Schooling Schedule Change

Thursday, May 13th, 2021

The schooling for 2yr olds scheduled for Thursday, May 20th will begin at 10:30AM The main track will close at 10:15AM until the schooling session is finished. If you need more information, please text 518-796-3915.

Service for Cynthia Milano

Tuesday, May 11th, 2021

Cynthia Ann Milano passed away on April 10, 2021 at the age of 62. Cynthia is the daughter of the late Marcella Lazar Califano and Felix (Phil) Milano. She is also predeceased by her older sister, Carol Ann (Milano) Villa and her precious black lab, Asia. Cynthia was a kind soul who had a tremendous heart for any animal that crossed her path of life. After graduation from Cobleskill Agricultural & Technical College, Cynthia pursued her dream of continuing to work with animals, and began her career training horses. Cynthia was a dedicated and accomplished trainer at Saratoga Harness. She trained River of Glory who succeeded as Trotter of the Year in 1993, and later in 1994, Cynthia was recognized as Horsewoman of the year. Cumulatively, she accomplished 487 wins and earned in excess of $2 million in winnings. Cynthia leaves behind an enormous void in our hearts, she is survived by her husband, Barry Segel and her brother Philip Milano, Sr. She was also the loving aunt to her niece, Talia (Eric), and nephews, PJ (Becky), Joel (Lisa), and Richard. In addition, Cynthia adored her many great- nephews and nieces, and her pup Bentley. The void extends beyond Cynthia’s immediate family as she is survived by her extended family, many colleagues, friends, and every animal that had crossed her path.

A funeral Service will be held at 5 pm on Sunday, May 16, 2021 at Compassionate Funeral Care, 402 Maple Ave. (Rte. 9 and/or Marion Ave.), Saratoga Springs, NY. Family and friends may call from 3 pm to 5 pm prior to the service at the funeral home. Her family requests that in lieu of flowers, that you consider a donation to Purple Haze Standardbred Adoption Program. You may do this by mailing a check to the following address: PHSAP office (Purple Haze StandardbredAdoption Program) PO Box 253, Oxford, NY 13830.

Backstretch Maintenance Next Week

Friday, May 7th, 2021

The tree service and asphalt company will be working on the backstretch next week. The work will begin towards the latter half of the week, at approximately 1:30PM. Tom McTygue will oversee the projects. If you have any questions or concerns contact Tom at 518-365-7113.