Dogs Prohibited From Backstretch

June 10th, 2021

A decision has been made regarding dogs in the Backstretch. As we know dogs were never allowed back here and there are signs posted as you come in stating so. At some point this was overlooked and Security did not enforce this rule. Prior to the handbook coming out we asked that if you currently brought a dog onto the Backstretch to register the animal. The plan was to grandfather those dogs in and not allow anymore dogs after that. We received less responses then the actual number of dogs we have on the property. This past year we have had more issues with dogs on the Backstretch. Incidents include of dogs attacking other dogs and staff as well as dogs running unsupervised on and near the jog track. Security has had to stop dogs from running onto Nelson avenue in the past. So it was determined that based on current and past incidents ALL DOGS for the safety and good working order of the Backstretch registered or not will not be allowed on the grounds. This will go into effect Friday 6/11/2021. Please do not bring or attempt to bring any dog into the Backstretch on or after 6/11/2021 you will be stopped at the Stable gate and sent out. Any dog found on the Backstretch or in a vehicle will be in violation of the Horseperson’s Handbook General rules page 3 Section (F) which addresses the Animal policy.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.

Charles Astarita

Saratoga Casino Hotel

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May 26th, 2021
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SHHA May 2021 Communication

May 21st, 2021

Significant Items:

  • SCRI has determined the closure date for the backstretch dorm to be June 1, 2021.  All current permanent residents have been notified and SCRI has contacted all recent part-time and/or non-permanent residents regarding the closure date.  SCRI and SHHA are continuing to assist these personnel during the transition period.  Mickey McGivern has the lead for this item.
  • We are continuing to work on establishing a pension plan for our local horsemen.  Actions in progress include preparing the legal documents necessary to establish the plan.  We are expecting the final documents to be issued during May.  John Hoagland has been at the track periodically to answer questions and take applications.  All personnel who submitted an application will be notified by letter as to their status regarding acceptance in the plan.  John Hoagland has the lead for this item.
  • The racing scheduled as currently envisioned is to continue our current schedule through July 14th.  Beginning July 19th and for the duration of the Saratoga Thoroughbred Meet, we plan on racing Monday and Tuesday afternoons at 12:00 and Saturday evening, post time TBD.

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!
  • SCRI has accepted our proposal to partner on several backstretch maintenance and improvement items.  Work has begun.  Tom McTygue has the lead for this initiative.
  • SCRI has awarded the Main Track Fence Replacement contract.  Materials are ordered and work will start when materials are delivered.  It is currently anticipated that work will begin at the end of June and take approximately two weeks.
  • 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 be receiving a notification from BCBSNENY regarding a class action lawsuit.  If you have any questions, please contact our Administrative Assistant, Karen Kamal.  518-775-0975 or [email protected]
  • 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 June 24, 2021 at 12:30 in the Recreation Room adjacent to the Track Kitchen.

The SHHA Board of Directors

Schooling schedule for May 20, 2021

May 19th, 2021
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Schooling Schedule Change

May 13th, 2021

The schooling for 2yr olds scheduled for Thursday, May 20th will begin at 10:30AM The main track will close at 10:15AM until the schooling session is finished. If you need more information, please text 518-796-3915.

Service for Cynthia Milano

May 11th, 2021

Cynthia Ann Milano passed away on April 10, 2021 at the age of 62. Cynthia is the daughter of the late Marcella Lazar Califano and Felix (Phil) Milano. She is also predeceased by her older sister, Carol Ann (Milano) Villa and her precious black lab, Asia. Cynthia was a kind soul who had a tremendous heart for any animal that crossed her path of life. After graduation from Cobleskill Agricultural & Technical College, Cynthia pursued her dream of continuing to work with animals, and began her career training horses. Cynthia was a dedicated and accomplished trainer at Saratoga Harness. She trained River of Glory who succeeded as Trotter of the Year in 1993, and later in 1994, Cynthia was recognized as Horsewoman of the year. Cumulatively, she accomplished 487 wins and earned in excess of $2 million in winnings. Cynthia leaves behind an enormous void in our hearts, she is survived by her husband, Barry Segel and her brother Philip Milano, Sr. She was also the loving aunt to her niece, Talia (Eric), and nephews, PJ (Becky), Joel (Lisa), and Richard. In addition, Cynthia adored her many great- nephews and nieces, and her pup Bentley. The void extends beyond Cynthia’s immediate family as she is survived by her extended family, many colleagues, friends, and every animal that had crossed her path.

A funeral Service will be held at 5 pm on Sunday, May 16, 2021 at Compassionate Funeral Care, 402 Maple Ave. (Rte. 9 and/or Marion Ave.), Saratoga Springs, NY. Family and friends may call from 3 pm to 5 pm prior to the service at the funeral home. Her family requests that in lieu of flowers, that you consider a donation to Purple Haze Standardbred Adoption Program. You may do this by mailing a check to the following address: PHSAP office (Purple Haze StandardbredAdoption Program) PO Box 253, Oxford, NY 13830.

Backstretch Maintenance Next Week

May 7th, 2021

The tree service and asphalt company will be working on the backstretch next week. The work will begin towards the latter half of the week, at approximately 1:30PM. Tom McTygue will oversee the projects. If you have any questions or concerns contact Tom at 518-365-7113.

Condolences to the Family of Cynthia Milano

April 15th, 2021

News

Columbus, OH — Cynthia Milano, 62, died April 10, 2021, at her home in Saratoga, N.Y., after an unsuccessful bout with an unknown gastro intestinal disorder.

She was the wife of Barry Segel, and the team made an impact at Saratoga Raceway.

She will be remembered as one of the foundation trainers at Saratoga. She was a mainstay at the Raceway over the course of her long career and amassed 487 wins and $2,489,256 in earnings.

She trained the 2003 Trotter of the Year at Saratoga, Riverofglory. In 2014 she was named Horsewoman of the Year at Saratoga.

Her favorite horses were Riverofglory, Steve’s Scooter and Strong Hall.

She loved all animals — especially her black labs, Asia and Bentley.

SHHA April Communication

April 15th, 2021

Significant Items Currently Being Worked:

  • On April 2nd we reached an agreement with Rivers on Purse Support Payments for calendar year 2020 and beyond.  A great deal of thanks goes out to our attorney, Sarah Burger; our lobbyist, Libby Post; our Secretary/Treasurer, Joe Battaglia; and our President, Jeff Cantine for their expertise and many hours of work on our behalf.  We also need to thank our Assemblywoman, Carrie Woerner and Assemblyman Gary Pretlow and Senator Joe Addabbo for their efforts on our behalf.  The Board would also like to thank all of our members and their friends who took their time to contact various legislators to support us too.

Beginning April 30, 2020 and continuing quarterly, we will start to receive our purse support payments.  We anticipate being paid current and in full by December 31, 2021.  Pertinent details of the agreement are codified in Part LL of the recently issued Governor’s Executive Budget and will also be codified in Chapter 1355 of the NYS Racing, Pari-mutual Wagering and Breeding Law.

  • Purses will increase, on average, by approximately 30% effective April 19, 2021.  Please see the current condition sheet for specifics.
  • SCRI is working with the NYSGC to determine specifics required to allow fans at the track now that the Governor has allowed fans at 20%.
  • SCRI has determined the closure date for the backstretch dorm to be June 1, 2021.  All current permanent residents have been notified and SCRI is in the process of contacting any part-time and/or recent non-permanent residents regarding the closure date.  SCRI and SHHA are continuing to assist these personnel during the transition period.  Mickey McGivern has the lead for this item.
  • We are continuing to work on establishing a pension plan for our local horsemen.  Actions in progress include preparing the legal documents necessary to establish the plan and setting criteria for the participants.  We are expecting the final documents to be issued during April.  John Hoagland will be in the Recreation Room adjacent to the Track Kitchen on Saturday, April 24th, from 9:00AM until noon to answer questions and take applications.  John Hoagland has 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!
  • Complete tree trimming associated with the Jog Track improvements – we have made a proposal to SCRI to partner with them on this work and on several additional improvements and we are currently waiting to hear back from them.
  • SCRI is in the process of receiving quotes for the Main Track fence replacement project.  Finalization of the contract and start of work is expected during May.
  • The Spring Series will be offered during May.  The dates for each is as follows:

John Mongeon Sr. Memorial Trot               May 10th, 17th and 24th

J.P. Morel Memorial Pace                            May 11th, 18th and 25th

Virginia O’Brien Memorial Pace                  May 12th, 19th and 26th

 The Race Office has posted entry forms on their website.

  • 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 May 20, 2021 at 12:30 in the Recreation Room adjacent to the Track Kitchen.   Members may present an issue to the board prior to the meeting, please contact Karen Kamal (518-775-0975) 5 days prior to the meeting so your presentation will be on the agenda.

The SHHA Board of Directors

Spring Series Revision

April 12th, 2021

The amount of each leg and final for the John Mongeon Sr Memorial Trot, J. P Morel Memorial Pace and the Virginia O’Brien Memorial Pace have been increased to:

1st Leg $10,000 per division

2nd Leg $10,000 per division

FINAL $30,000 (Added)