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January 2022 Newsletter

Friday, December 31st, 2021

The SHHA Board of Directors welcome the newly appointed President, Charles (Chip) Foster to the position of President for 2022. Joseph Battaglia was re-elected Executive Secretary for 2022. We would also like to welcome our newly elected director Kyle Spagnola and our incumbent directors Jeffrey Cantine and Scott Mongeon for another three-year term. 

Racing Schedule for 2022:

  • Opening day is Saturday, February 5th with a 5PM post. The schedule will be for forty-six (46) continuous weeks of racing through December 18th, totaling 150 days. Please see the racing calendar tab.
  • The 2022 purse levels will continue at current 2021 levels and adjustments to current purse levels will be considered, during 2022, based upon actual revenues.
  • The Main Track will now be open Monday through Saturday from 6 am until 1 pm (weather permitting) and the Jog Track will be open Sunday through Saturday from 6 am until 1pm. (weather permitting and will not be dragged on Sundays) If maintenance/weather necessitates a change to the current schedule main track, trainers will be notified by Club Text message from SCH. Please contact Amy Gentile for access to Club Text. 518-581-5747
  • The first draw is January 31st
  • Qualifiers will be held Tuesday, February 1st at noon. Once racing begins, qualifiers will be on Mondays after the races except during summer Thoroughbred racing season.

General Items:

  • Thomas McTygue will continue as Horsemen’s Representative (HR) for 2022 (cell 518-365-7113). 
  • We will continue to improve our communications and transparency to the membership. A memo will be provided within a few days of each Board meeting which summarizes the significant items covered at each meeting. These memos will be posted in the Track Kitchen/ Recreation Room, in the Paddock during the race meet, on the SHHA Facebook page, and on the SHHA website.  In addition to that information, we will also include the date, time, and location of the next scheduled Board meeting. Should you desire to bring an item to the attention of the Board at its next meeting, please contact our Administrative Assistant Karen Kamal (cell = 518-775-0975) at least five (5) days prior to the scheduled meeting. She will provide you with a time near the beginning of the meeting to present your item. If you have materials, you would like the Board to review, please also provide that information to Karen so she can provide it to the Board members in advance of the meeting.Our next meeting is, currently, scheduled for Thursday, January 27th at 12:30 in the Recreation Room adjacent to the Track Kitchen.
  • 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. We will create the 2022 committees at the January Board of Directors meeting. You do not need to be a Board member to be on a committee, so if you would like to help, please feel free to join a committee. We would greatly appreciate your involvement and support!
  • If interested in racing equipment insurance and or the Pension plan, contact John Hoagland.
  • The purse account benefits more from the bets made on SaratogaBets than those bets made on other platforms, and benefits most with onsite bets. Support our racing industry join SaratogaBets at www.saratogabets.com  download forms online. Mail your signed completed hard copies to the Business Office or hand deliver in person to a designated mutuel window at Saratoga Casino Hotel, 342 Jefferson St. Saratoga Springs, New York. You must provide your full legal name, social security number, date of birth, primary residency address (no PO Boxes), a completed IRS W-9 form, telephone number and email address, (if applicable) as well as answer questions that will aid in verifying your identity. Once your account is open, you will be issued an account identification number with a welcome guide and provided numerous methods of funding your account. Once your account is funded, you will receive access to the wagering site. For further information contact the business office toll free at 855-445-4414 between 11:30 AM and 11:30 PM

Membership Renewal

A newsletter and membership form will be mailed soon, please return your form and payment to the SHHA as soon as possible so your membership will be current for the 2022 racing season. Remember to receive race bike coverage all individuals must be SHHA members (owners, trainers and drivers).  Owners, trainers and drivers may join for 1 year ($25) or 3 years for ($60).  Grooms and Associate members may join for 1 year ($10).   Trainers with new owners may also access forms on the website , the SHHA office and in the paddock snack bar. We would like to thank members who have paid for multiple years. You will receive your 2022 membership card enclosed in the newsletter mailing.

If you have any questions for the Board, please do not hesitate to contact our current Board members or the Horsemen’s Representative. We hope 2022 is our best year yet. 

Thank you, in advance, for your support!

The SHHA Board of Directors

Stall Application 2022

Thursday, December 16th, 2021

2021 SCH/SHHA Year End Award Winners

Sunday, December 12th, 2021

Claiming Pacer of the Year: Real Kid

Owner and Trainer: Darren Rybka Jr

Filly and Mare Claiming Pacer of the Year: Sea Change N

Owners: Brett Derue and Darreyl Bullard Trainer: Brett Derue

Pacer of the Year: Crockets Cullen N

Owner and Trainer: Larry Stalbaum

Trotter of the Year: Cash Me Out

Owner: Michael Traylor Trainer: Kyle Spagnola

Filly and Mare Pacer of the Year: Surreal Feeling

Owners: Chris Lawton and Dale Lawton Trainer: Dale Lawton

Horse of the Year: Surreal Feeling

Owners: Chris Lawton and Dale Lawton Trainer: Dale Lawton

Johnny Page Breakthrough Driver Award: Brett Beckwith

Peerless McGrath Breakthrough Trainer Award: Andy Gardner

Horseman of the Year: Larry Stalbaum

Horsewoman of the Year: Melissa Beckwith

Driver of the Year: Jim Devaux

Trainer of the Year: Larry Stalbaum

Meal Train for the Randall Family

Wednesday, May 26th, 2021
Patty Blake has invited you to join the Meal Train for The Randall Family

What is Meal Train?
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MealTrain.com is a free meal calendar tool that makes planning meals among a wide group easy and less stressful.

Copy and paste the URL below into your web browser.https://mealtrain.com/4q45y5

Condolences to the Family of Cynthia Milano

Thursday, April 15th, 2021

News

Columbus, OH — Cynthia Milano, 62, died April 10, 2021, at her home in Saratoga, N.Y., after an unsuccessful bout with an unknown gastro intestinal disorder.

She was the wife of Barry Segel, and the team made an impact at Saratoga Raceway.

She will be remembered as one of the foundation trainers at Saratoga. She was a mainstay at the Raceway over the course of her long career and amassed 487 wins and $2,489,256 in earnings.

She trained the 2003 Trotter of the Year at Saratoga, Riverofglory. In 2014 she was named Horsewoman of the Year at Saratoga.

Her favorite horses were Riverofglory, Steve’s Scooter and Strong Hall.

She loved all animals — especially her black labs, Asia and Bentley.

SHHA April Communication

Thursday, April 15th, 2021

Significant Items Currently Being Worked:

  • On April 2nd we reached an agreement with Rivers on Purse Support Payments for calendar year 2020 and beyond.  A great deal of thanks goes out to our attorney, Sarah Burger; our lobbyist, Libby Post; our Secretary/Treasurer, Joe Battaglia; and our President, Jeff Cantine for their expertise and many hours of work on our behalf.  We also need to thank our Assemblywoman, Carrie Woerner and Assemblyman Gary Pretlow and Senator Joe Addabbo for their efforts on our behalf.  The Board would also like to thank all of our members and their friends who took their time to contact various legislators to support us too.

Beginning April 30, 2020 and continuing quarterly, we will start to receive our purse support payments.  We anticipate being paid current and in full by December 31, 2021.  Pertinent details of the agreement are codified in Part LL of the recently issued Governor’s Executive Budget and will also be codified in Chapter 1355 of the NYS Racing, Pari-mutual Wagering and Breeding Law.

  • Purses will increase, on average, by approximately 30% effective April 19, 2021.  Please see the current condition sheet for specifics.
  • SCRI is working with the NYSGC to determine specifics required to allow fans at the track now that the Governor has allowed fans at 20%.
  • SCRI has determined the closure date for the backstretch dorm to be June 1, 2021.  All current permanent residents have been notified and SCRI is in the process of contacting any part-time and/or recent 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 and setting criteria for the participants.  We are expecting the final documents to be issued during April.  John Hoagland will be in the Recreation Room adjacent to the Track Kitchen on Saturday, April 24th, from 9:00AM until noon to answer questions and take applications.  John Hoagland has 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!
  • Complete tree trimming associated with the Jog Track improvements – we have made a proposal to SCRI to partner with them on this work and on several additional improvements and we are currently waiting to hear back from them.
  • SCRI is in the process of receiving quotes for the Main Track fence replacement project.  Finalization of the contract and start of work is expected during May.
  • The Spring Series will be offered during May.  The dates for each is as follows:

John Mongeon Sr. Memorial Trot               May 10th, 17th and 24th

J.P. Morel Memorial Pace                            May 11th, 18th and 25th

Virginia O’Brien Memorial Pace                  May 12th, 19th and 26th

 The Race Office has posted entry forms on their website.

  • 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 May 20, 2021 at 12:30 in the Recreation Room adjacent to the Track Kitchen.   Members may present an issue to the board prior to the meeting, please contact Karen Kamal (518-775-0975) 5 days prior to the meeting so your presentation will be on the agenda.

The SHHA Board of Directors

Spring Series Revision

Monday, April 12th, 2021

The amount of each leg and final for the John Mongeon Sr Memorial Trot, J. P Morel Memorial Pace and the Virginia O’Brien Memorial Pace have been increased to:

1st Leg $10,000 per division

2nd Leg $10,000 per division

FINAL $30,000 (Added)

Condolences to the James R Allen Jr Family

Saturday, April 10th, 2021

James Robert Allen Jr.

James Robert Allen Jr., 54, passed away Thursday April 8, 2021 at his residence following a long illness. He was born September 1, 1966 in Brattleboro, VT to James and Lucy (Morris) Allen. James loved horses he was a cowboy thru and thru, some would say he loved them more than people. At the age of 3, he was given his first pony and from that day forward horses and horse racing was in his blood. Many days were spent racing horses at the Saratoga Harness Track or traveling across the states with his horses. Family meant everything to him and he loved his daughter, grandfather, parents, and siblings more than anything in this world, even horses. He graduated from Schuylerville, and in his youth was somewhat of a wild child with a mischievous side. He was a diehard NY Giants and Yankees fan. If you weren’t a fan of those teams, he would let you know or just disregard you in general. He suffered a car accident and for the past 20 years he has been living as a quadriplegic. His quality of life surely diminished, but he was an Allen stubborn and fearless, and he didn’t let his ailments hinder his abilities. James’s daughter was the most important thing in his life and she was the reason he kept going, his last words to her before he passed was how proud he was of her. He was always there for anyone who needed help and lived by the motto “sacrifice today for a better tomorrow”. The family wishes to thank his brother Sid and his right-hand woman, his mother Lucy for allowing him to live life to the fullest these past 20 years. He is survived by his daughter Felicia Rennick and her companion Brennan Wilson; mother and father Lucy and James Allen Sr.; brothers, Mark (Kendall Scire) Hansen, and Sidney Allen; grandson Ethan Grimley; nephews Ben Scire and Derek Hansen,

A celebration of James’s life limited to close family and friends will be held at 6pm on Monday, April 12, 2021 at Flynn Bros. Inc. Funeral Home, 13 Gates Ave Ext., Schuylerville, NY, 12871 with Celebrant Jason M. Easton officiating. Family and friends may call from 3 to 6 pm prior to his service at the funeral home. Due to COVID-19 restrictions masks will be required inside the funeral home at all times and a limited number of people will be allowed inside. Online condolences and messages to the family may be made at Obituary of James Robert Allen Jr. | Flynn Bros. Inc. Funeral Home

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Virginia O’Brien Memorial Pace

Tuesday, April 6th, 2021

PACE – 5-Year-Olds & Under, Fillies & Mares,

Non-Winners 3 PM races or $30,000 Lifetime as of February 28, 2021.

Winners over $40,000 in 2020 Ineligible.

** Preference will be given to trainers who had their plurality of starts at SCR in 2020 and must have been the trainer of the nominated horse for its last start as of April 28, 2021 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, May 12, 2021        $7,500 per division

             2nd Leg                     Wednesday, May 19, 2021        $7,500 per division

             FINAL                       Wednesday, May 26, 2021        $25,000 (Added)

** Nomination Fee $100 ($200 for Non-SHHA Members as of April 28 2021) **

Payments must be postmarked no later than Wednesday, April 28, 2021

                  Name of Horse Age  Sex                                   Owner(s)
    
    
    

DATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE ACCORDING TO RACING SCHEDULE. LEGS AND FINAL MAY BE ON TUESDAY’S

All nominated horses will be eligible to the J.P. Morel Pace if this series has been cancelled before the 1st leg.

Nominations close April 28, 2021.  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 rules of the New York State Gaming Commission shall govern.  Entries must meet track standards at time of declaration.

Signature and

Address of Nominator___________________________________              Telephone No.________________________

Name and

Address of Owner______________________________________   Trainer______________________________

Please make checks payable to SARATOGA CASINO RACING INC. and return to:

P.J. Iovino, Racing Secretary

Saratoga Casino and Raceway

342 Jefferson Street

Saratoga Springs, New York 12866-0356        TEL:  518-581-5860   FAX:  518-581-5890

J P Morel Memorial Pace

Tuesday, April 6th, 2021

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 February 28, 2021.

Winners over $40,000 in 2020 Ineligible.

** Preference will be given to trainers who had their plurality of starts at SCR in 2020 and must have been the trainer of the nominated horse for it’s last start as of April 28, 2021 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                       Tuesday, May 11, 2021               $7,500 per division

2nd Leg                       Tuesday, May 18, 2021               $7,500 per division

            FINAL                        Tuesday, May 25, 2021               $25,000 (Added)

** Nomination Fee $100.00 ($200 for Non-SHHA Members as of April 28, 2021) **

Payments must be postmarked no later than Wednesday, April 28, 2021

______________________________________________

DATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE ACCORDING TO RACING SCHEDULE. LEGS AND FINAL MAY BE ON MONDAY’S

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 28, 2021.  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.

                  Name of Horse Age  Sex                                   Owner(s)
    
    
    

Signature and

Address of Nominator___________________________________              Telephone No.________________________

Name and

Address of Owner______________________________________   Trainer______________________________

Please make checks payable to SARATOGA CASINO RACING INC. and return to:

P.J. Iovino, Racing Secretary

Saratoga Casino and Raceway

342 Jefferson Street

Saratoga Springs, New York 12866-0356  TEL:  518-581-5860           FAX:  518-581-5890