SHHA Communication for July 22, 2021

Significant Items:

  • We are continuing to work on establishing a pension plan for our local horsemen.  The lawyers have finalized the program documents which will be posted on the SHHA website.  All personnel who submitted an application have been notified by letter as to their status regarding acceptance into the plan.  Applications will be allowed until August 31, 2021, so if you missed the original deadline and you are still interested in applying please do so no later than 8/31/2021.  John Hoagland, Jr. has the lead for this item.
  • 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.
  • The Disaster Fund has been transitioned to the Charitable Contribution and Hardship Fund.  The process to request funds has been posted on the SHHA website.  Please use 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.

Completed forms may be mailed to the SHHA, PO Box 171, Saratoga Springs NY 12866.

  • Due to several requests from our members we are currently looking into the potential to have an outrider/marshall.  We have issued a letter to the NYSGC regarding requirements for this and we are currently awaiting their response.  John Hoagland, Jr. has the lead for this item.
  • Due to some recent issues for some members not being able to renew their NYSGC racing license we are having our lawyer look into the relevant requirements.  We will issue more information once we know it.  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!
  • Backstretch maintenance and improvement items are continuing.  Tom McTygue has the lead for this initiative.
  • The main track fence has been replaced.  This item is 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.
  • Dorm 40 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.
  • 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.
  • SCRI advised Wash and Test stalls in the paddock are to be used for intended purposes only. Do not leave horses in stalls prior to or after racing.  Violators will be fined or suspended.

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 August 26, 2021 at 12:30 in the Recreation Room adjacent to the Track Kitchen.

The SHHA Board of Directors

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