SHHA Election Results

December 4th, 2021

The votes for the Horsemen Category were counted today. Scott Mongeon will serve another three years on the Board and the newest member of SHHA Board of Directors to serve for three years is Kyle Spagnola . Congratulations!!

Sulky Damage Claim Protocol

December 1st, 2021

This is not an update, just a reminder of the protocol for sulky damage claims. Drivers and trainers that are involved in any incident involving sulky damage during live racing need to report it to both the Paddock Judge and Security the day it happens, before bringing the sulky to Pacesetter. Damaged sulkies need to be tagged by the judges and security needs to complete a report and take photos first. If this procedure isn’t followed it may result in rejection of the sulky damage claim.

SHRI Covid-19 Policy Update

November 23rd, 2021

To All Horsemen and Vendors:

Please be reminded of our policy below regarding COVID-19.

SHRI will require personnel to immediately disclose if and when any response to any of the aforementioned questions changes, such as if they begin to experience symptoms, including during or outside of work hours.  This goes for all people entering our backstretch and is the responsibility of every horse person to notify us and not come to our property.  If any employee or horse person deviates from this, they face immediate exclusion from our properties.

The COVID-19 manager (Director of Security) shall be immediately notified and the personnel shall be separated or sent home immediately.  SHRI will instruct all personnel to contact the COVID-19 Manager if they notice a coworker with a cough, shortness of breath, or other

known symptoms of COVID-19.  This is being done by a few horsepersons sometimes days or weeks later, or via here-say from people who heard from another person.  It is the responsibility of the person witnessing this to report it directly to the ranking security member in the backstretch. 

We do not screen for symptoms; those functions were waived a while ago with modification of the plan.  This is the honor system for those persons who have come in direct contact with persons who are showing symptoms of COVID and were then verified as being positive with COVID.  Exposed or positive persons may not be allowed to enter the site without abiding by the precautions previously outlined. 

It is up to every person using the grounds to report exposures and obtain guidance from medical professionals or the Dept. of Health.  If you were exposed to someone who is positive for COVID, you are obligated to notify us of your exposure and provide evidence of a negative test or completion of a proper quarantine before returning to the grounds.  Once again, failure to practice this requirement creates a threat to the health and safety of each of your co-workers and employees on the racetrack.  Failure to abide by these safety protocols will be met with immediate exclusion from the grounds to anyone who fails to comply with our COVID-19 Plan. 

SHHA Communication 11/18/21

November 20th, 2021

Significant Items:

  • We have added a week (3 days, December 19-21) of racing to the 2021 racing schedule.
  • The proposed racing schedule for 2002 has been submitted to the NYSGC for approval.  Racing is planned to start on Saturday, February 5, at 5:00.  The schedule will be for forty-six (46) continuous weeks totaling 150 days of racing, ending on or about December 20.  The proposed racing schedule is available on the SCH site and will be posted on the SHHA website when it is approved by the NYSGC.
  • Due to several requests from our members we are currently looking into the potential to have an outrider/marshal.  The position requirements were posted on the SHHA website.  Candidates will be reviewed during December and will be finalized in January.  John Hoagland, Jr., Joe Battaglia, and Scott Mongeon are working on 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 SCH to develop a detailed emergency plan for off hours.  We will publish more information when it is available.
  • As a reminder, one owner (Jeff Cantine) and two trainer/driver (George Merton and Scott Mongeon) Board members’ three (3) year terms are up this year.  Ballots for the election have been mailed out.  Counting of ballots will be on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at noon in the paddock snack bar.  Members are welcome to attend.   
  • The SHHA Thanksgiving/Holiday Luncheon for horsemen has been rescheduled to Thursday, December 2nd, beginning at 11:30 in the Track Kitchen.  Take out is available.
  • The SHHA will cover the premium for January, 2022 for members enrolled in the health insurance program.  Please contact Karen Kamal if you have any questions.
  • Annual awards will be presented in the Winners Circle on Sunday, December 12th, during the racing program.  Please contact Karen Kamal if you have questions.

General Items:

  • The SHHA has obtained information regarding additional race bike/equipment insurance for individuals.  This insurance is in addition to the race bike insurance coverage provided to members of the SHHA.  Members will be able to purchase insurance at the rate of $16 per thousand dollars of coverage with a $250 deductible.  The minimum policy amount is $125.  Please see John Hoagland, Jr. if you have questions and/or you are interested in a policy.
  • If maintenance/weather necessitates a change to the current schedule for the Main Track trainers will be notified by Club Text message from SCH.  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!
  • Racing programs are available to download from the SHHA website.

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 December 16, 2021 at 12:30 in the Recreation Room adjacent to the Track Kitchen.

The SHHA Board of Directors

Horsemen Luncheon Rescheduled

November 16th, 2021

The SHHA Horsemen Holiday Luncheon is rescheduled for Thursday, December 2, 2021 beginning at 11:30 AM at the track kitchen. Take out is available.

Candidates Wanted-Outrider/Marshal Position at Saratoga Harness

November 12th, 2021

The Saratoga Harness Horseperson’s Association is currently accepting applications for the position of
outrider/marshal to assist with our racing program for the upcoming 2022 season.
Job Overview
The position covers each race day beginning approximately one half hour before the first post time until
the conclusion of the final race that day for our anticipated 150 day 2022 racing schedule with
responsibilities including:
. Helping to ensure the safety of all racing participants (both human and equine)
. Patrolling the racetrack during racing hours for debris and foreign objects
. Leading the post parade before each race
. Helping to turn horses to the gate or assist drivers with difficult horses when necessary
. Assisting with the gathering up of any loose horses on the track
Minimum Requirements
. There are no formal education requirements, candidates must be at least 18 years old.
. You must provide your tack and safety equipment as well as your own horse including transportation
to and from the track if not stabled on the grounds. On site stabling options will be considered if
necessary and acceptable by the applicant.
. Prior riding and horse handling experience will be factored into the candidate selection.
. Candidate must have a flexible schedule as race card dates/times are subject to change throughout the
year
. The position may require multiple people to cover the 150 dates so candidate must be willing to
coordinate scheduling with others.
Compensation Level
Compensation will be based on experience and related potential need to cover horse stabling costs with
a rate of $200 per race card ($30,000 per season) initially anticipated.
Contact Info
Resumes or other summaries including your contact information, previous experience and contact
information for any references can be dropped off at the stable gate or scan/emailed to SHHA at
[email protected] Applications will be accepted through November 30, 2021 with interviews
scheduled during December. Recommendations will then be presented by the Committee to the SHHA
Board for approval. Announcement of the positions is anticipated by early January.
Questions can be directed to Joe Battaglia (518)265-3539 or Scott Mongeon (518)527-7255, call or text.

Horsemen’s Thanksgiving Luncheon Canceled

November 12th, 2021

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this year’s Thanksgiving Luncheon must be canceled.

SHHA Communication 10/21/2021

October 22nd, 2021

Significant Items:

  • We are currently finalizing the 2022 racing schedule.  We will publish the dates as soon as we know them.
  • Due to several requests from our members we are currently looking into the potential to have an outrider/marshal.  The position requirements will be posted on the SHHA website soon.  John Hoagland, Jr., Joe Battaglia, and Scott Mongeon are working on 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 SCH to develop a detailed emergency plan for off hours.  Jake Zakrzewski and Butch Devaux have the lead for this item.
  • As a reminder, one owner (Jeff Cantine) and two trainer/driver (George Merton and Scott Mongeon) Board members’ three (3) year terms are up this year.  Ballots for the election will be forthcoming.   Please complete your ballot. All Ballots must be received by December 3, 2021.
  • A representative from our health insurance company administrator will be in the SHHA office in the paddock on Monday, October 25th from 12:00 – 2:00 to answer any questions and to help any member interested in enrolling in the plan during the open enrollment period.  Please contact Karen Kamal if you have additional questions.
  • The SHHA Thanksgiving Lunch for horsemen will be on Thursday, November 18th, in the Track Kitchen beginning at 11:30am.
  • The SHHA will cover the premium for January 2022 for members enrolled in the health insurance program.  Please contact Karen Kamal if you have any questions.
  • The SHHA is currently working on plans for the annual awards.  As of now, the awards will be presented in the Winners Circle on Sunday, December 12th, during the racing program.  More details will be forthcoming.
  • The SHHA has obtained information regarding additional race bike/equipment insurance for individuals.  This insurance is in addition to the race bike insurance coverage provided to members of the SHHA.  Members will be able to purchase insurance at the rate of $16 per thousand dollars of coverage with a $250 deductible.  The minimum policy amount is $125.  Please see John Hoagland, Jr. if you have questions and/or you are interested in a policy.

General Items:

  • If maintenance/weather necessitates a change to the current schedule for the Main Track trainers will be notified by Club Text message from SCH.  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!
  • Racing programs are available to download from the SHHA website.
  • Backstretch maintenance and improvement items are continuing.  Tom McTygue has the lead for this initiative.
  • The Promotions Committee (Michelle Crawford, Jessica and Olivia Derue, Joe Battaglia, and John Hoagland, Jr.), led by John Hoagland, Jr. held a Racing Under Saddle (RUS) event on October 17th in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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 November 18, 2021 at 12:30 in the Recreation Room adjacent to the Track Kitchen.

The SHHA Board of Directors

Condolences to the Family of John A Crawford

October 20th, 2021

John A. Crawford, 90, a resident of Bennington, Vermont passed away on October 17th, 2021 following a brief illness.

Born in Bennington, Vermont on January 27th, 1931 John was the son of the late Elmer and Marion (Crawford) Crawford. He received his early education in Bennington and attended Bennington High School. A few years later, on September 15th, 1951, he married the former Barbara A. Mattison at the First United Methodist Church in Bennington.

In his professional life, John worked at the EZ Mill in Bennington for two years. Then for the next 20 years, he was employed as a designer for the Benmont Paper Company in Bennington, where he designed many of the popular wrapping papers and greeting cards that the company produced. John also worked for the Beach Nut Company, where his painting of the owner’s son was used as the label for the brand’s baby food for many years.  He also owned and operated a sign shop in Bennington for 14 years, painting signs for local businesses, including at one time the sign at E. P. Mahar and Son Funeral Home.

He was a very successful horse owner, who loved harness racing and instilled a love for horses in his family. One of his prized horses was named Rebel Aaron, who won the honor of New England Pacer of the Year.

John participated in the Bennington Moosefest in 2005 and painted a fiberglass moose. He also participated in Saratoga, NY’s rendition of Moosefest, where artists painted fiberglass horses. He enjoyed all forms of art but was most fond of wood carving, proven by some of his life-size carvings.

In his younger years, John enjoyed hunting. He also was a gifted athlete, and a Vermont State Champion in small board target shooting, as well as regular and candlestick bowling. During his time at Benmont Paper, John was the clean-up batter for their softball team, and often swung for the fences. He was even quoted as saying “I’ve gotta hit far… I can’t run!”

Survivors include; his son, Kim Crawford (Judy), of Stillwater, NY, and his daughter Debbie Crawford (Tim) of Saratoga, NY. He is also survived by five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Two sisters; Sally King and Sue Bull, as well as many nieces and nephews.  John was predeceased by; his wife, Barbara A. Crawford, their son, John “Jack” Crawford (Karen), and five brothers; Frank, Fred, Chris, Mike, Walt, and Harvey Crawford; as well as two sisters, Joanne Reed and Marion Boutin.

A memorial service will be held at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home on Saturday, October 23rd at 12:30 pm, with a graveside service at Park Lawn Cemetery to follow.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit with the family and admire some of John’s artwork before the service at 11:30 am.

If friends should desire, memorials contributions in memory of John A. Crawford may be made to the Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging through the office of the Mahar and Son Funeral Home 628 Main St. Bennington VT. 05201.

Condolences to the Family of Mildred Allen

October 19th, 2021

Mildred R. Housekeeper Allen, 78, passed on October 18, 2021. Daughter of the late Albert and Mary Housekeeper of New Egypt NJ. Mildred, born April 17, 1943 in Allentown NJ. Graduated from Allentown High School in 1962, with honor certificates for choral and Library (4 years). Before moving to NY, she worked in banking and secretarial duties. When in NY, she worked for VanRaalte, Empire State College, then Saratoga Gaming and Raceway for 35 years. A job she truly loved, working with the horsemen and horses. Millie had many things that she loved. She was an avid Wheel of Fortune “watcher” and believed she was the Yankees manager, and loved being down the shore at Long Beach Island, NJ.

She is survived by her children April (Joseph), Saratoga Springs NY; David J. Allen (Melody), Denton, NC and Ronald (Chrissy), Schuylerville, NY. Grandchildren Ryan (Nicki), Saratoga Springs NY; Tyler, Rachel and Ronnie of Schuylerville, NY and Andrew of Denton, NC. A sister, Bertha Stanziale, Hightstown, NJ a brother, Ronald Housekeeper, Snellville, Ga and her faithful Yorkie, Buddy. Along with her parents, she is predeceased by her husband, David. Millie has many loving nieces, nephews and friends in the harness racing industry. The love and joy for her family and grandchildren was never a doubt, she was loved by many near and far.

The family wishes to thank Lisa, Alice and Donna of Community Hospice of Saratoga County for their kindness and support, as well as Dr. Pezzulo, with a huge thanks to April and the rest of the family.

A funeral home service will take place at 1:00PM on Friday, October 22, 2021 at The William J. Burke & Sons/ Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Home, 628 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 (518-584-5373). Followed by burial in Maplewood Cemetery, Saratoga Springs, NY.

Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice. Condolences may be made a www.burkefuneralhome.com