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Saturday, January 18th, 2020

Qualifiers will be held at 1:00 PM on Wed. Feb 5, Sat Feb 8 and Wed Feb 12.

Thursday Feb. 20th qualifiers begin at 9:15AM.

Beginning, Saturday Feb 29th the qualifiers will begin at 12:30PM.

Racing begins Sunday February 16th – 12:00PM post.

2019 Awards

Saturday, January 18th, 2020

2019 Year End Awards

Driver of the Year     Billy Dobson                                 

Trainer of the Year Melissa Beckwith

Horseman of the Year   Mark Beckwith                      

Horsewoman of the Year  Michelle Crawford

Johnny Page Award Driver Breakthrough      Steeven Genois

Peerless McGrath Award Trainer Breakthrough       Lisa Zabielski

2yr old Pacer                                                   Chuppah On                            

3yr old Pacer                                                    Chase You

Filly/Mare Claiming Pacer                           Pancakes

Claiming Pacer  ($7,500-12,500)                  Cool Jack

Claiming Pacer  ($15,000 and up)              Howmacsblackjack

Pacer of the Year                                            Crockets Cullen N

Filly/Mare Pacer of the Year                        Happy Heart                                             

2yr old Trotter                                                 C and T’s Credit                                

3yr old Trotter                                                  Powerscourt

Claiming Trotter                                               I M Fishin

Trotter of the Year                                           Cash Me Out

Trainers Nominate a Groom

Friday, November 8th, 2019

Groom of the Year Award- Trainers please forward a letter explaining your reason a groom from your stable deserves to be nominated for the Groom of the Year.  The deadline is November 30, 2019. Nominations may be sent to Saratoga Harness Horsepersons Assoc PO Box 171 Saratoga Springs NY 12866.

SHHA Trainers, Drivers and Grooms Health Enrollment

Monday, November 4th, 2019

Saturday, November 16th at 11AM-1PM, a member of Bouchey and Clarke agency will be in the SHHA office (upstair in the paddock). The representative will have information regarding Blue Shield of Northeastern New York and applications for enrollment.

NYS Sire Stakes & USTA District 8 Banquet

Monday, October 21st, 2019

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