SHHA June 24, 2021 Communication

  • All residents have relocated.  The dorm is closed to residents, however access to the restrooms in the dorm will be available from 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily, and until 11:00 p.m. on Saturdays during the Saratoga Thoroughbred Meet.  This item is complete.
  • We are continuing to work on establishing a pension plan for our local horsemen.  The lawyers are finalizing the program documents.  All personnel who submitted an application will be notified during July by letter as to their status regarding acceptance in the plan.  John Hoagland has the lead for this item.
  • The racing schedule as currently envisioned is to continue our current schedule through July 14th.  Beginning July 17th and for the duration of the Saratoga Thoroughbred Meet, we will be racing Monday and Tuesday afternoons at 12:00 and Saturday evenings at 6:45.  Following Labor Day, we will race on September 7th (Tuesday) and September 8th (Wednesday) at 12:00 for that week.  Starting on September 12th (Sunday) through December 14th (Tuesday) we will be racing Sunday through Tuesday weekly at 12:00.
  • Starting on Monday, June 28th SCRI will be switching to a four (4) race paddock.  SCRI will be publishing details prior to the 28th.
  • We are currently working with SCRI to finalize our plans for promotions for our racing meet that runs during the Saratoga thoroughbred meet.  Please look for details to be published by SCRI.
  • In an effort to help with some of the financial burden of racing, we have decided to pay the starting fee (increased to $26.30 as of June 1st, per the NYSGC) for out of the money finishers from the purse account effective June 1, 2021.
  • The Disaster Fund has been transitioned to the Charitable Contribution and Hardship Fund.  The process to request funds will be posted on the SHHA website.  Please review the process/protocol for any requests.  John Hoagland, Jr., Jake Zakrewski, and Joe Battaglia have responsibility for this activity.  Please feel free to discuss any questions on this item with them.
  • Due to several requests from our members we are currently looking into the potential to have an outrider.  John Hoagland, Jr. has the lead for this item.
  • We are currently working with SCRI to develop a detailed emergency plan for off hours.  Jake Zakrzewski and Butch Devaux have 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. We thank Michelle Crawford, Jessica and Olivia Derue for joining the Promotion Committee!
  • Backstretch maintenance and improvement items are continuing.  Tom McTygue has the lead for this initiative.
  • SCRI has awarded the Main Track Fence Replacement contract.  Materials are ordered and work will start as soon as materials are delivered.  It is currently anticipated that work will begin July 1st and will take approximately two weeks to complete.
  • 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 have received a notification from BCBSNENY regarding a class action lawsuit.  If you have any questions please contact our Administrative Assistant, Karen Kamal.
  • 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 July 22, 2021 at 12:30 in the Recreation Room adjacent to the Track Kitchen.

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