NYS Sire Stakes & USTA District 8 Banquet

October 21st, 2019

Saturday July 20, 2019 Post Changed to 8:05pm

July 19th, 2019

Due to the prediction of extreme temperatures on Saturday July 20, 2019, the post time for Saturday night is 8:05pm. An hour has been added to Lasix time-first race Lasix is 3:35-4:05…

SHHA Board of Directors Election

June 10th, 2019

The following SHHA’s directors terms expire 12/31/19:
Mickey McGivern
Harvey Stein
Henry Westbrook Jr.

Want to be on the ballot?
If you are an owner, trainer or driver interested in serving on the Saratoga Harness Horsepersons’ Board of Directors, please request a nomination form from a Director, the SHHA office or email [email protected]
You must receive signatures from 25 SHHA members, so please attempt to obtain more than 25 signatures.

Forms must be postmarked no later than Sept. 1, 2019
Mailing address: SHHA PO Box 171 Saratoga Springs NY 12866

Condolences to the Facin Family

May 6th, 2019

Joseph Dominic Facin, passed peacefully in his home on May 1, 2019 with his loving family at his side. Joe was born on May 20, 1930 in Woodbridge, Connecticut.  He served in The Korean War.  Joe met Eleanor (Gabriel) after the war and they were married in 1956.  He went on to serve 20 years as a police officer for the Woodbridge Police Force.  He retired in 1976 and he and Ellie took a journey back to nature, moving from Connecticut to Greenwich, NY, to live on an organic farm. He was the leader of the Knights of Columbus order in Greenwich for many years.  Joseph volunteered at the bingo hall for over 30 years raising funds for those in need and was a member of the Middle Falls Fire Department, Greenwich VFW, and American Legion Post 515.  He truly loved the Greenwich Community as exhibited through his volunteering and service.

He turned his focus and passion into horse racing.  He and his son, Joseph Jr. and his grand-daughter Amanda created Facin Stables and just this past year their trotter Ulster was named trotter of the year at Saratoga Harness.  This made him incredibly proud.

Survivors include his sons, Joseph Jr. (Carole), Thomas (Carol), Dino (Brenda), Kenneth (Kathleen), Ron (Barb); grandchildren, Amanda, Melissa, Jordan, Kresney, Gabe (Chelsi), Andrew, Leah and Elisabeth; great grandchildren, Carmia, Cameron, Casey, Wyatt, Jayden and Rowyn. He is also survived by his beloved younger brother Dominic.

A wake in Joseph’s honor will be held from 3-6 on Friday, May 10, 2019 at the Flynn Bros. Inc. Funeral Home, 80 Main St, Greenwich, NY, 12834.

A private funeral and Interment in the Saratoga National Cemetery will be held at a later date.

Memorials can be made in his memory to the Comfort Food Community, 31 Hill St, Greenwich, NY, 12834

George Karam Invitational Pace

May 6th, 2019

The 1st annual George Karam Memorial Invitational Pace was won by local superstar Artful Way (Artistic Fella). The Jackie Greene-trained pacer and driver Frank Coppola Jr went coast-to-coast in 1:50.4, matching the time of his stablemate Hudson Phil as the fastest of the season for any horse thus far at Saratoga in 2019.

Series Winners

May 6th, 2019

JP Morel Memorial Pace: Mantario drew the rail in the JP Morel Memorial Pace Final and  with Billy Dobson in his sulky, Mantario cruised to victory and set a new lifetime mark of 1:53.1.

Virginia O’Brien Memorial Pace: Devaux wasted little time putting the favorite on the lead and the Allen Sisco trainee cruised from there. Reflexionofroyalty set a lifetime mark, scoring in 1:55.2

John Mongeon Sr Memorial Trot: Steeve Genois sat patiently in the pocket with Eve Bergeron’s trainee, Pumping Irony before the passing lane opened up turning for home.  Pumping Irony won with a career-best 1:57.2.  

Brandon R Karam Educational Fund

April 20th, 2019

In lieu of flowers, the Brandon R Karam Educational Fund was created in memory of George Karam. Memorial donations may made to the “Brandon R Karam” Educational Fund, c/o Catskill Hudson Bank, 2452 State Route 9 Suite 104, Malta NY 12020 (518-289-5463)

Condolences to the Family of George Karam

April 17th, 2019

George J. Karam passed away on Tuesday, April 16, 2019.Born on September 4, 1958 in Rome, NY he was the son of the late George B. and Elizabeth (Abounader) Karam. George was a 1976 graduate of Rome Free Academy and for many years ran the family business, Thrifty Food Store. On December 5, 1997 he married his love, Joy Rolewicz, and together they moved to Saratoga Springs.George had a lifelong passion for harness racing and horse ownership which led to a career in training and racing horses in Upstate NY. He also served as president of the Saratoga Harness Horseperson’s Association. This in turn led to his dream job of judging harness races. At the time of his passing he was the Presiding Judge at Yonkers Raceway. Family was everything to George and his love, passion and special bond with his son was undeniable. His greatest joy was watching him excel into The Voice of the Saints and following all the local sports at Saratoga Catholic Central where Brandon is presently a junior. Survivors include his wife Joy and beloved son Brandon; two brothers Douglas (Fredice) Karam of Rochester Hills, MI and Joseph (Jennifer) Karam of Bannockburn, Illinois; his sister Genevieve (Frank) Tallarino of Rome, NY; sister-in-law Jill (Henry) Koziarz of Rome, NY; step-mother Madeline Karam of Utica, NY and several nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends may call from 3 to 7pm Tuesday(April 23) at the Burke William J and Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Home, 682 N Broadway, Saratoga Springs NY. A Memorial Mass will be 10am Wednesday (April 24) at St Peter’s Catholic Church, 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY.
Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers please consider donations to an education fund set up for “Brandon R. Karam”, c/o Catskill Hudson Bank, 2452 State Route 9 Suite 104, Malta, NY 12020 (518-289-5463).w

Condolences to the Tierney Family

March 29th, 2019

Evelyn Tierney, age 84, passed away on Monday, March 25, 2019 at Albany Medical Center surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Peekskill, New York to the late Charles Nichols and Ida Conklin Nichols. Evelyn worked for the Hyde Park School District from 1970 – 1985 and for the Saratoga Springs School District from 1986 until she retired in 1997. Evelyn was the owner of Standard-Bred horses with her trainer husband Joe for many years, at Saratoga Raceway. She enjoyed traveling to different States and over sea’s while her son Brian served our country in the US Army. Evelyn will be remembered for her unconditional love for her family and friends. She took pride and devoted her life to raising her five children and watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow up.Evelyn is survived by her daughters, Karen Lehan (John Herrick) of Saratoga Springs, NY; Lisa (Nash) Ghali of Myrtle Beach, SC; sons; Michael Tierney (Valerie Casadone) of Pleasant Valley; NY; Brian (Jill) Tierney of Hyde Park, NY; Joseph (Debbie) Tierney of Rhinebeck, NY; twelve grand-children and fifteen great grand-children.She is preceded in death by her husband of 59 years Joseph Tierney, brothers, Kenneth, Charles, Ralph, Leonard; sisters, Barbara, Carolyn and daughter-in-law Sarah Skinner Tierney.Family and Friends can call from 1:00 pm to 2:45 pm on Sunday, March 31, 2019 at Compassionate Funeral Care, 402 Maple Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY. A funeral service will be held at 3 pm on Sunday. Interment will be in the spring at St Mary’s Cemetery, 115 Cemetery Rd, Schuylerville, NY 12871. In lieu of flowers contributions in Evelyn’s memory can be made to Saratoga Bridges, NYSARC Inc., 16 Saratoga Bridges Blvd., Ballston Spa, NY 12020, www.saratogabridges.org. or the American Cancer Society.

J. P. Morel Memorial Pace

March 8th, 2019

PACE – 5-Year-Olds & Under, Non-Winners 2 Pari-Mutuel races or $25,000 Lifetime

(Fillies & Mares, Non-Winners 3 P-M races or $30,000 Lifetime) as of March 1, 2019.

Winners over $40,000 in 2018 Ineligible.

** Preference will be given to trainers who had their plurality of starts at SCR in 2018 and must have been the trainer of the nominated horse for its last start as of March 31, 2019 or may be transferred from one eligible trainer to another eligible trainer. ** Outside trainers are encouraged to enter and will be permitted to race if less than 20 preferred nominations are received by the closing date.

1ST Leg                       Saturday, April 20, 2019             $10,000 per division

2nd Leg                       Saturday, April 27, 2019             $10,000 per division

FINAL              Saturday, May 4, 2019                $30,000 (Added)

* Nomination Fee $100.00 ($200 for Non-SHHA Members as of April 1, 2019) *

Payments must be postmarked no later than Monday, April 1, 2019

Fillies nominated to the Virginia O’Brien will be considered eligible to this series if it was cancelled before the 1st leg.

Nominations close April 1, 2019.  Nominations fee of $100 (Non-SHHA members $200.00) must accompany all nominations in U.S. Funds only.  All dashes to be raced at one mile.  Horses must race in both legs to be eligible for the final or any consolations. The final is for the top 8 point winners of the series. No trainer will be allowed multiple entries in the final and/or consolations without bona-fide separate ownership. No trainer will be allowed multiple entries in the final or consolations if said trainer owns a part of any entrant. No owner will be allowed multiple entries in the final or consolations. Ties to be decided by lot.  Points will be 50-25-12-8-5 regardless of dead heats and count only to determine the eligible for the final.  Should any of the top point winners fail to declare, the next highest point winners that have declared will be eligible so that there may be 8 starters in the final.  The next highest point winners will be the Also Eligible.  All post positions and ties will be drawn by lot.  If more than one division, SCR reserves the right to race additional division(s) on the racing day immediately following the advertised date.  SCR reserves the right to reject any nomination and/or declaration.  If an insufficient number of nominations and/or declarations are received.  SCR reserved the right to cancel the series or any leg or final.  Rules of the New York State Gaming Commission shall govern.  Entries must meet track standards at time of declaration.