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Saturday July 20, 2019 Post Changed to 8:05pm

Friday, July 19th, 2019

Due to the prediction of extreme temperatures on Saturday July 20, 2019, the post time for Saturday night is 8:05pm. An hour has been added to Lasix time-first race Lasix is 3:35-4:05…

SHHA Board of Directors Election

Monday, June 10th, 2019

The following SHHA’s directors terms expire 12/31/19:
Mickey McGivern
Harvey Stein
Henry Westbrook Jr.

Want to be on the ballot?
If you are an owner, trainer or driver interested in serving on the Saratoga Harness Horsepersons’ Board of Directors, please request a nomination form from a Director, the SHHA office or email [email protected]
You must receive signatures from 25 SHHA members, so please attempt to obtain more than 25 signatures.

Forms must be postmarked no later than Sept. 1, 2019
Mailing address: SHHA PO Box 171 Saratoga Springs NY 12866

George Karam Invitational Pace

Monday, May 6th, 2019

The 1st annual George Karam Memorial Invitational Pace was won by local superstar Artful Way (Artistic Fella). The Jackie Greene-trained pacer and driver Frank Coppola Jr went coast-to-coast in 1:50.4, matching the time of his stablemate Hudson Phil as the fastest of the season for any horse thus far at Saratoga in 2019.

Brandon R Karam Educational Fund

Saturday, April 20th, 2019

In lieu of flowers, the Brandon R Karam Educational Fund was created in memory of George Karam. Memorial donations may made to the “Brandon R Karam” Educational Fund, c/o Catskill Hudson Bank, 2452 State Route 9 Suite 104, Malta NY 12020 (518-289-5463)

Condolences to the Family of George Karam

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

George J. Karam passed away on Tuesday, April 16, 2019.Born on September 4, 1958 in Rome, NY he was the son of the late George B. and Elizabeth (Abounader) Karam. George was a 1976 graduate of Rome Free Academy and for many years ran the family business, Thrifty Food Store. On December 5, 1997 he married his love, Joy Rolewicz, and together they moved to Saratoga Springs.George had a lifelong passion for harness racing and horse ownership which led to a career in training and racing horses in Upstate NY. He also served as president of the Saratoga Harness Horseperson’s Association. This in turn led to his dream job of judging harness races. At the time of his passing he was the Presiding Judge at Yonkers Raceway. Family was everything to George and his love, passion and special bond with his son was undeniable. His greatest joy was watching him excel into The Voice of the Saints and following all the local sports at Saratoga Catholic Central where Brandon is presently a junior. Survivors include his wife Joy and beloved son Brandon; two brothers Douglas (Fredice) Karam of Rochester Hills, MI and Joseph (Jennifer) Karam of Bannockburn, Illinois; his sister Genevieve (Frank) Tallarino of Rome, NY; sister-in-law Jill (Henry) Koziarz of Rome, NY; step-mother Madeline Karam of Utica, NY and several nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends may call from 3 to 7pm Tuesday(April 23) at the Burke William J and Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Home, 682 N Broadway, Saratoga Springs NY. A Memorial Mass will be 10am Wednesday (April 24) at St Peter’s Catholic Church, 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY.
Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers please consider donations to an education fund set up for “Brandon R. Karam”, c/o Catskill Hudson Bank, 2452 State Route 9 Suite 104, Malta, NY 12020 (518-289-5463).w

Condolences to the Tierney Family

Friday, March 29th, 2019

Evelyn Tierney, age 84, passed away on Monday, March 25, 2019 at Albany Medical Center surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Peekskill, New York to the late Charles Nichols and Ida Conklin Nichols. Evelyn worked for the Hyde Park School District from 1970 – 1985 and for the Saratoga Springs School District from 1986 until she retired in 1997. Evelyn was the owner of Standard-Bred horses with her trainer husband Joe for many years, at Saratoga Raceway. She enjoyed traveling to different States and over sea’s while her son Brian served our country in the US Army. Evelyn will be remembered for her unconditional love for her family and friends. She took pride and devoted her life to raising her five children and watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow up.Evelyn is survived by her daughters, Karen Lehan (John Herrick) of Saratoga Springs, NY; Lisa (Nash) Ghali of Myrtle Beach, SC; sons; Michael Tierney (Valerie Casadone) of Pleasant Valley; NY; Brian (Jill) Tierney of Hyde Park, NY; Joseph (Debbie) Tierney of Rhinebeck, NY; twelve grand-children and fifteen great grand-children.She is preceded in death by her husband of 59 years Joseph Tierney, brothers, Kenneth, Charles, Ralph, Leonard; sisters, Barbara, Carolyn and daughter-in-law Sarah Skinner Tierney.Family and Friends can call from 1:00 pm to 2:45 pm on Sunday, March 31, 2019 at Compassionate Funeral Care, 402 Maple Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY. A funeral service will be held at 3 pm on Sunday. Interment will be in the spring at St Mary’s Cemetery, 115 Cemetery Rd, Schuylerville, NY 12871. In lieu of flowers contributions in Evelyn’s memory can be made to Saratoga Bridges, NYSARC Inc., 16 Saratoga Bridges Blvd., Ballston Spa, NY 12020, or the American Cancer Society.

Virginia O’Brien Memorial Pace

Friday, March 8th, 2019

PACE – 5-Year-Olds & Under, 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             Thursday, April 18, 2019             $10,000 per division            

2nd Leg             Thursday, April 25, 2019             $10,000 per division

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

** Nomination Fee $100 ($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

Fellow Horsemen Help Andy Byler in Time of Need

Sunday, February 24th, 2019

We are asking our family of horsemen to help Andy and Debbie during Andy’s surgery and recouperation period. The horsemen always step up to help their fellow horsemen. Andy and Debbie will need help with stable and farm duties and or donations.

You may donate to the Saratoga Harness Horsepersons (CF) PO Box 171 Saratoga Springs NY 12866.

Kim Myer’s created GoFundMe/help-Andy-Byler account.

Your help will be greatly appreciated.

2018 Award Winners

Sunday, January 20th, 2019


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

February Qualifier Schedule

Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

2019 Qualifiers
Wednesday, February 6 at 1 pm
Saturday, February 9 at 1 pm
Wednesday, February 13 at 1 pm