January 2022 Newsletter

The SHHA Board of Directors welcome the newly appointed President, Charles (Chip) Foster to the position of President for 2022. Joseph Battaglia was re-elected Executive Secretary for 2022. We would also like to welcome our newly elected director Kyle Spagnola and our incumbent directors Jeffrey Cantine and Scott Mongeon for another three-year term. 

Racing Schedule for 2022:

  • Opening day is Saturday, February 5th with a 5PM post. The schedule will be for forty-six (46) continuous weeks of racing through December 18th, totaling 150 days. Please see the racing calendar tab.
  • The 2022 purse levels will continue at current 2021 levels and adjustments to current purse levels will be considered, during 2022, based upon actual revenues.
  • The Main Track will now be open Monday through Saturday from 6 am until 1 pm (weather permitting) and the Jog Track will be open Sunday through Saturday from 6 am until 1pm. (weather permitting and will not be dragged on Sundays) If maintenance/weather necessitates a change to the current schedule main track, trainers will be notified by Club Text message from SCH. Please contact Amy Gentile for access to Club Text. 518-581-5747
  • The first draw is January 31st
  • Qualifiers will be held Tuesday, February 1st at noon. Once racing begins, qualifiers will be on Mondays after the races except during summer Thoroughbred racing season.

General Items:

  • Thomas McTygue will continue as Horsemen’s Representative (HR) for 2022 (cell 518-365-7113). 
  • We will continue to improve our communications and transparency to the membership. A memo will be provided within a few days of each Board meeting which summarizes the significant items covered at each meeting. These memos will be posted in the Track Kitchen/ Recreation Room, in the Paddock during the race meet, on the SHHA Facebook page, and on the SHHA website.  In addition to that information, we will also include the date, time, and location of the next scheduled Board meeting. Should you desire to bring an item to the attention of the Board at its next meeting, please contact our Administrative Assistant Karen Kamal (cell = 518-775-0975) at least five (5) days prior to the scheduled meeting. She will provide you with a time near the beginning of the meeting to present your item. If you have materials, you would like the Board to review, please also provide that information to Karen so she can provide it to the Board members in advance of the meeting.Our next meeting is, currently, scheduled for Thursday, January 27th at 12:30 in the Recreation Room adjacent to the Track Kitchen.
  • 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. We will create the 2022 committees at the January Board of Directors meeting. You do not need to be a Board member to be on a committee, so if you would like to help, please feel free to join a committee. We would greatly appreciate your involvement and support!
  • If interested in racing equipment insurance and or the Pension plan, contact John Hoagland.
  • The purse account benefits more from the bets made on SaratogaBets than those bets made on other platforms, and benefits most with onsite bets. Support our racing industry join SaratogaBets at www.saratogabets.com  download forms online. Mail your signed completed hard copies to the Business Office or hand deliver in person to a designated mutuel window at Saratoga Casino Hotel, 342 Jefferson St. Saratoga Springs, New York. You must provide your full legal name, social security number, date of birth, primary residency address (no PO Boxes), a completed IRS W-9 form, telephone number and email address, (if applicable) as well as answer questions that will aid in verifying your identity. Once your account is open, you will be issued an account identification number with a welcome guide and provided numerous methods of funding your account. Once your account is funded, you will receive access to the wagering site. For further information contact the business office toll free at 855-445-4414 between 11:30 AM and 11:30 PM

Membership Renewal

A newsletter and membership form will be mailed soon, please return your form and payment to the SHHA as soon as possible so your membership will be current for the 2022 racing season. Remember to receive race bike coverage all individuals must be SHHA members (owners, trainers and drivers).  Owners, trainers and drivers may join for 1 year ($25) or 3 years for ($60).  Grooms and Associate members may join for 1 year ($10).   Trainers with new owners may also access forms on the website , the SHHA office and in the paddock snack bar. We would like to thank members who have paid for multiple years. You will receive your 2022 membership card enclosed in the newsletter mailing.

If you have any questions for the Board, please do not hesitate to contact our current Board members or the Horsemen’s Representative. We hope 2022 is our best year yet. 

Thank you, in advance, for your support!

The SHHA Board of Directors

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