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.

John Mongeon Sr. Memorial Trot

March 8th, 2019

TROT – 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           Wednesday, April 17, 2019        $10,000 per division

2nd Leg           Wednesday, April 24, 2019        $10,000 per division  

   FINAL           Wednesday, May 1, 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

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.

Virginia O’Brien Memorial Pace

March 8th, 2019

PACE – 5-Year-Olds & Under, 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             Thursday, April 18, 2019             $10,000 per division            

2nd Leg             Thursday, April 25, 2019             $10,000 per division

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

** Nomination Fee $100 ($200 for Non-SHHA Members as of April 1, 2019) **

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

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

Fellow Horsemen Help Andy Byler in Time of Need

February 24th, 2019

We are asking our family of horsemen to help Andy and Debbie during Andy’s surgery and recouperation period. The horsemen always step up to help their fellow horsemen. Andy and Debbie will need help with stable and farm duties and or donations.

You may donate to the Saratoga Harness Horsepersons (CF) PO Box 171 Saratoga Springs NY 12866.

Kim Myer’s created GoFundMe/help-Andy-Byler account.

Your help will be greatly appreciated.

2018 Award Winners

January 20th, 2019

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Driver of the Year     Billy Dobson                             

Trainer of the Year    Melissa Beckwith

Horseman of the Year    Billy Dobson                        

Horsewoman of the Year  Melissa Beckwith

Johnny Page Award Driver Breakthrough                   Brett Crawford

Peerless McGrath Award Trainer Breakthrough       Eve Bergeron

2yr old Pacer                                                   Doodad Hanover

3yr old Pacer                                                              Century Endeavor

Filly/Mare Claiming Pacer ($8000-20,000)         Post Time Terror

Claiming Pacer  ($6000-12,500)                              Dinner Guest

Claiming Pacer  ($15,000 and up)                          Black is Black

Pacer of the Year                                                        Artful Way

Filly/Mare of the Year                                               Spreester

2yr old Trotter                                                            Lifetime Credit                      

3yr old Trotter                                                            Jeter’s Way

Claiming Trotter ($6000-12,000)                             Blitz Victory

Claiming Trotter ($12,500 and up)                        Swancredit

Trotter of the Year                                                     Ulster

Horse of the Year                                                        Artful Way and Spreester

Condolences to the Family of Joseph Aloy

January 8th, 2019

Joseph Aloy, age 81, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 6, 2019 at his home. He was born on May 18, 1937 in Poughkeepsie, NY, the son of the late Paul Aloy and Mary Verrotti Aloy. In 1963 Joe married Katherine Holowczak, moved to Red Hook, NY and started his racing stable Echo Brook Farms. He owned, trained and drove several outstanding standardbred race horses including Scrooge and Echo Brook Phil. Echo Brook Phil went on to finish third in the first Million Dollar Purse of the NY OTB Classic at Monticello Raceway. In 1977, he and his family moved to Saratoga Springs. He owned, and operated Aloy’s Harness & Equipment located on the grounds of Saratoga Harness Track, for 32 years, retiring in December 2009. He loved the job and the people he saw daily. Joe enjoyed traveling with his family and a fan of the NY Yankees, NY Giants and Syracuse football and basketball. Most of all he adored time with his four grandchildren. Joseph is survived by his wife of 53 years, Katherine Aloy; daughters, Annamarie Aloy, Mary Aloy and son-in-law, Gary Quirion; son, Paul Aloy and daughter-in-law, Maria; grandchildren, Liam Whitehead, Katie Whitehead, Joseph and Jacob Aloy; sister, Mary Ose; and nephews and cousins.  

Family and friends may call from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Wednesday, January 9, 2018 at Compassionate Funeral Care, 402 Maple Ave. (Rte 9 and/or Marion Ave.), Saratoga Springs, NY. The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the Greenfield Fire Department and Wilton EMS for all their concern and help over the past year. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Greenfield Fire Department or the American Heart Association.A private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family.

February Qualifier Schedule

January 3rd, 2019

2019 Qualifiers
Wednesday, February 6 at 1 pm
Saturday, February 9 at 1 pm
Wednesday, February 13 at 1 pm