SHHA April Communication

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

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