Attention Horsemen Stabled on the Backstretch

May 6th, 2020

Saratoga Casino Hotel and Raceway will allow “local” shippers and farm managers to pick up and drop off horses for turnout at near by farms, provided the following procedures are followed:

Trainers must notify the stable gate with the name of farm/shipper, horse(s) name and the scheduled time the transport will arrive.

When the shipper arrives, he or she will turn around after entering the stable gate and pull off to the side. The shipper must remain in the vehicle.

The trainer will unload or load the horse(s).

Stable Gate staff will record the horse(s) leaving for and returning from turnout on the daily log.

Racing and COVID 19

March 20th, 2020

COVID-19 UPDATE: Racing has been cancelled for Saturday, March 21. Live harness racing is suspended following the March 22 race card.

COVID 19 and Harness Racing

March 20th, 2020

Please be advised that the SHHA Board of Directors are attempting to obtain information pertaining the local and state directives concerning COVID 19 and it’s effect on all. The Board plans to meet in two weeks and will have information to share with our members the following day.

Thomas McTygue

Racing Continues at Saratoga Casino and Hotel

March 16th, 2020

March 16, 2020- We have been advised that the racing program will continue at Saratoga Casino – Hotel. No spectators until further notice.

Pennsylvania Governor wants horse racing revenue from Slots for other use

March 8th, 2020

Pennsylvania may divert the horse racing revenue from slot machines to subsidize college scholarships. Visit

There is poll in the right margin regarding the issue.


January 18th, 2020

Qualifiers will be held at 1:00 PM on Wed. Feb 5, Sat Feb 8 and Wed Feb 12.

Thursday Feb. 20th qualifiers begin at 9:15AM.

Beginning, Saturday Feb 29th the qualifiers will begin at 12:30PM.

Racing begins Sunday February 16th – 12:00PM post.

2019 Awards

January 18th, 2020

2019 Year End Awards

Driver of the Year     Billy Dobson                                 

Trainer of the Year Melissa Beckwith

Horseman of the Year   Mark Beckwith                      

Horsewoman of the Year  Michelle Crawford

Johnny Page Award Driver Breakthrough      Steeven Genois

Peerless McGrath Award Trainer Breakthrough       Lisa Zabielski

2yr old Pacer                                                   Chuppah On                            

3yr old Pacer                                                    Chase You

Filly/Mare Claiming Pacer                           Pancakes

Claiming Pacer  ($7,500-12,500)                  Cool Jack

Claiming Pacer  ($15,000 and up)              Howmacsblackjack

Pacer of the Year                                            Crockets Cullen N

Filly/Mare Pacer of the Year                        Happy Heart                                             

2yr old Trotter                                                 C and T’s Credit                                

3yr old Trotter                                                  Powerscourt

Claiming Trotter                                               I M Fishin

Trotter of the Year                                           Cash Me Out

Trainers Nominate a Groom

November 8th, 2019

Groom of the Year Award- Trainers please forward a letter explaining your reason a groom from your stable deserves to be nominated for the Groom of the Year.  The deadline is November 30, 2019. Nominations may be sent to Saratoga Harness Horsepersons Assoc PO Box 171 Saratoga Springs NY 12866.

SHHA Annual Meeting and Award Ceremony

November 4th, 2019

The annual banquet meeting and award ceremony will be Saturday December 21, 2019. Members will receive more information through the mail.

Children’s Santa Luncheon

November 4th, 2019

The Children’s Santa Luncheon will be Saturday December 14th at 1:00PM in the Track Kitchen. Wish Books will be available in the track kitchen and paddock snack bar November 16-December 7th. Please sign you child’s name, age and a present on their wish list. Santa will arrive at 1:30PM.