Condolences to the James R Allen Jr Family

April 10th, 2021

James Robert Allen Jr.

James Robert Allen Jr., 54, passed away Thursday April 8, 2021 at his residence following a long illness. He was born September 1, 1966 in Brattleboro, VT to James and Lucy (Morris) Allen. James loved horses he was a cowboy thru and thru, some would say he loved them more than people. At the age of 3, he was given his first pony and from that day forward horses and horse racing was in his blood. Many days were spent racing horses at the Saratoga Harness Track or traveling across the states with his horses. Family meant everything to him and he loved his daughter, grandfather, parents, and siblings more than anything in this world, even horses. He graduated from Schuylerville, and in his youth was somewhat of a wild child with a mischievous side. He was a diehard NY Giants and Yankees fan. If you weren’t a fan of those teams, he would let you know or just disregard you in general. He suffered a car accident and for the past 20 years he has been living as a quadriplegic. His quality of life surely diminished, but he was an Allen stubborn and fearless, and he didn’t let his ailments hinder his abilities. James’s daughter was the most important thing in his life and she was the reason he kept going, his last words to her before he passed was how proud he was of her. He was always there for anyone who needed help and lived by the motto “sacrifice today for a better tomorrow”. The family wishes to thank his brother Sid and his right-hand woman, his mother Lucy for allowing him to live life to the fullest these past 20 years. He is survived by his daughter Felicia Rennick and her companion Brennan Wilson; mother and father Lucy and James Allen Sr.; brothers, Mark (Kendall Scire) Hansen, and Sidney Allen; grandson Ethan Grimley; nephews Ben Scire and Derek Hansen,

A celebration of James’s life limited to close family and friends will be held at 6pm on Monday, April 12, 2021 at Flynn Bros. Inc. Funeral Home, 13 Gates Ave Ext., Schuylerville, NY, 12871 with Celebrant Jason M. Easton officiating. Family and friends may call from 3 to 6 pm prior to his service at the funeral home. Due to COVID-19 restrictions masks will be required inside the funeral home at all times and a limited number of people will be allowed inside. Online condolences and messages to the family may be made at Obituary of James Robert Allen Jr. | Flynn Bros. Inc. Funeral Home

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Rivers Casino Continues Payments

April 9th, 2021

State budget requires Rivers Casino to continue payments to Saratoga harness owners | The Daily Gazette

The budget includes Rivers making payments for 2020 over the next 12 months. Legislation provides that the horsepersons association will receive 3.3% of Rivers’ slot revenue to enhance harness racing purses, with another 0.5% going to a breeder’s fund. Future payments will be capped at the 2019 level — around $5 million. The money goes to enhanced racing purses and other harness racing expenses at Saratoga.

Virginia O’Brien Memorial Pace

April 6th, 2021

PACE – 5-Year-Olds & Under, Fillies & Mares,

Non-Winners 3 PM races or $30,000 Lifetime as of February 28, 2021.

Winners over $40,000 in 2020 Ineligible.

** Preference will be given to trainers who had their plurality of starts at SCR in 2020 and must have been the trainer of the nominated horse for its last start as of April 28, 2021 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, May 12, 2021        $7,500 per division

             2nd Leg                     Wednesday, May 19, 2021        $7,500 per division

             FINAL                       Wednesday, May 26, 2021        $25,000 (Added)

** Nomination Fee $100 ($200 for Non-SHHA Members as of April 28 2021) **

Payments must be postmarked no later than Wednesday, April 28, 2021

                  Name of Horse Age  Sex                                   Owner(s)
    
    
    

DATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE ACCORDING TO RACING SCHEDULE. LEGS AND FINAL MAY BE ON TUESDAY’S

All nominated horses will be eligible to the J.P. Morel Pace if this series has been cancelled before the 1st leg.

Nominations close April 28, 2021.  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 rules of the New York State Gaming Commission shall govern.  Entries must meet track standards at time of declaration.

Signature and

Address of Nominator___________________________________              Telephone No.________________________

Name and

Address of Owner______________________________________   Trainer______________________________

Please make checks payable to SARATOGA CASINO RACING INC. and return to:

P.J. Iovino, Racing Secretary

Saratoga Casino and Raceway

342 Jefferson Street

Saratoga Springs, New York 12866-0356        TEL:  518-581-5860   FAX:  518-581-5890

J P Morel Memorial Pace

April 6th, 2021

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 February 28, 2021.

Winners over $40,000 in 2020 Ineligible.

** Preference will be given to trainers who had their plurality of starts at SCR in 2020 and must have been the trainer of the nominated horse for it’s last start as of April 28, 2021 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                       Tuesday, May 11, 2021               $7,500 per division

2nd Leg                       Tuesday, May 18, 2021               $7,500 per division

            FINAL                        Tuesday, May 25, 2021               $25,000 (Added)

** Nomination Fee $100.00 ($200 for Non-SHHA Members as of April 28, 2021) **

Payments must be postmarked no later than Wednesday, April 28, 2021

______________________________________________

DATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE ACCORDING TO RACING SCHEDULE. LEGS AND FINAL MAY BE ON MONDAY’S

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 28, 2021.  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.

                  Name of Horse Age  Sex                                   Owner(s)
    
    
    

Signature and

Address of Nominator___________________________________              Telephone No.________________________

Name and

Address of Owner______________________________________   Trainer______________________________

Please make checks payable to SARATOGA CASINO RACING INC. and return to:

P.J. Iovino, Racing Secretary

Saratoga Casino and Raceway

342 Jefferson Street

Saratoga Springs, New York 12866-0356  TEL:  518-581-5860           FAX:  518-581-5890

John Mongeon Sr Memorial Trot

April 6th, 2021

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 February 28, 2021.

Winners over $40,000 in 2020 Ineligible.

** Preference will be given to trainers who had their plurality of starts at SCR in 2020 and must have been the trainer of the nominated horse for its last start as of April 28, 2021 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           Monday, May 10, 2021               $7,500 per division

2nd Leg           Monday, May 17, 2021               $7,500 per division

                        FINAL            Monday, May 24, 2021               $25,000 (Added)

** Nomination Fee $100.00 ($200 for Non-SHHA Members as of April 28, 2021) **

Payments must be postmarked no later than Wednesday, April 28, 2021

                  Name of Horse Age  Sex                                   Owner(s)
    
    
    

DATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE ACCORDING TO RACING SCHEDULE. LEGS AND FINAL MAY BE ON SUNDAY’S Nominations close April 28 2021.  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.

Signature and

Address of Nominator___________________________________         Telephone No.________________________

Name and

Address of Owner______________________________________          Trainer______________________________

Please make checks payable to SARATOGA CASINO RACING INC. and return to:

P.J. Iovino, Racing Secretary

Saratoga Casino and Raceway

342 Jefferson Street

Saratoga Springs, New York 12866-0356       TEL:  518-581-5860             FAX:  518-581-589

COVID 19 Protocol

March 29th, 2021

As you may already know Starting April 1 , 2021 domestic travel restrictions have been amended. There will be no restrictions for domestic travel. We will continue to scan licenses, take temperatures, fill out COVID questioner and issue wrist bands at the Stable Gate. There is still no word on spectators or when that will be lifted, so please continue to respect these policies put in place by NYS and your continued cooperation is appreciated.

Charles Astarita

Administrative Security Manager

Saratoga Casino Hotel

342 Jefferson Street, PO Box 356

Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

(518) 584-2110 Ext. 5650

SHHA March Communication

March 24th, 2021

Significant Items Currently Being Worked:

  • We are continuing to work with SCRI, Legal (Sarah Burger), our lobbyist (Libby Post), our Assemblywoman (Carrie Woerner), and the NYSGC to obtain supplemental purse payments from Rivers for CY2020 and beyond, including addressing the currently proposed item in the NYS Budget (Part LL) regarding these payments.
    •  Joe Battaglia testified on behalf of the SHHA at the Budget Hearing on February   23rd.
    • We have held several meetings with various members of the Assembly, Senate, and Department of Budget personnel regarding this issue.
    • Carrie introduced a bill (#A5445) regarding timing of these payments. 
    • We have established a landing site so members and their friends can easily send an email to their legislators in support of our organization.  The landing site can be accessed directly at www.stopthesweetheartdeal.org and from the SHHA website.  If you have already provided your information to send the email, THANK YOU!  If you have not, please do so soon.  This is very important as it has the potential to have a significant positive impact on the outcome of our efforts.  This item continues to be our highest priority at present.
    • We continue to publicize this issue in several forums including newspapers, the Empire Report, and on local TV.
  • The NYSGC issued new standards for backstretch housing (dorms) which will result in SCRI closure of the dorm.  All current residents have been notified.  The Board is working on a go-forward plan with SCRI and the current dorm residents.   The next action will be for SCRI to set a closure date which is expected to be determined by the beginning of April.  Once the closure date is established all current dorm residents will receive a letter from SCRI.  Mickey McGivern has the lead for this item.
  • We 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 criteria and additional information to be issued during April.  As soon as the details are available we will have personnel in the paddock on race days to provide further information, to answer questions, and to help personnel sign up.  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 – Spring
  • 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.
  • We are currently expecting to have the annual Spring Series during May.  The dates currently anticipated are the 10th, 17th, and 24th.  The Race Office will issue specifics shortly.
  • 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 April 15, 2021 at 12:30 in the Recreation Room adjacent to the Track Kitchen. If you wish to present an issue to the Board, please call Karen Kamal at 518-775-0975 to schedule an appointment.

If anyone requires a Notary Public, Amy Dowd is a notary. 518-435-5899

The SHHA Board of Directors

SHHA Board of Directors Meeting

March 12th, 2021

The next SHHA Board of Directors Meeting is scheduled for Friday March 19th at 12:30pm. If a member wishes to bring an item to the attention of the Board at this meeting, please contact our Administrative Assistant Karen Kamal 518-775-0975) at least five (5) days prior to the scheduled meeting.  She will provide you with a time slot near the beginning of the meeting to present your item.  If you have material you would like the Board to review, please provide that information to Karen no later than noon on Tuesday March 16th, so she can provide the material to the Board members in advance of the meeting.

Contact Your NYS Representatives ASAP

March 12th, 2021

We’re not sure if you’ve heard–but Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget proposes to change the Casino enabling law to allow a Casino to limit, defer and reduce mandatory purse support payments to tracks that are within a Zone encompassed by the Casino. If this sounds like the start of some form of “decoupling” of track payments in NYS, you would be correct. The next step would be for a track itself that became a Casino to want to end its mandatory purse support payments to the horsemen racing there. Think Tioga and Monticello to start and then think MGM-Yonkers down the road.                                                                

 Those payments are in the enabling legislation, agreed to by all those that begged for the enactment of the Casino law! The payments were established in 2013 in recognition of the fact that agriculture, horse racing and breeding in NYS is a multi-billion dollar economic engine that employs tens of thousands of people, has a vast economic multiplier impact on our economy and would be adversely affected. Very wealthy individuals or corporations own and operate these Casinos and the effort, starting here, to allow them to take money from racing to enhance their bottom line even further, is like “robbing Peter to pay Paul”. The mandatory purse support payments were put into the law so that a Casino could operate and make money on the condition that they had to provide support payments to the purse account in order to offset the losses the racing industry would suffer when a Casino opened. The current proposal in the Governor’s Budget applies now only to the Rivers Casino but it will spread more rapidly than a pandemic and with more longer term dire economic consequences to agriculture, racing and the breeding industry than were caused by the current pandemic itself.  Take action and ask your state representative to reject this Budget proposal in its entirety. Today it will affect Saratoga Harness, tomorrow it will affect every track in NYS. A contact list of your representatives is attached. Your state assembly members and senators need to hear from you. You’ll be very sad if you don’t speak up at this critical time. 

Contact | NY State Senate (nysenate.gov)
Assembly Member Directory | New York State Assembly (nyassembly.gov)

Thank you!
 SOA

Sweetheart Deal for Rivers Casino – Show Your Support for the SHHA

March 4th, 2021

Home – Stop The Sweatheart Deal for Rivers Casino (stopthesweetheartdeal.org)

Let your NYS representatives know you support the the SHHA’s pursuit of funding from Rivers Casino. The NYS budget must be amended.