SHHA May 2021 Communication

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

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