Last Call for Banquet Tickets

January 3rd, 2019

The last call for banquet tickets is Saturday, January 5th. Tickets will be available in the Horsemen’s Restaurant from 10:30-Noon. Please see Karen.

SHHA Banquet and Award Ceremony

December 27th, 2018

The banquet is soon approaching…January 12th.

SHHA Members don’t forget to RSVP for the Annual Banquet and Award Ceremony. Tickets will be available to purchase on Saturday, December 29th from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM in the track kitchen.

Condolences to the Family of Matthew Nassivera

December 21st, 2018

Matthew A. Nassivera, 60, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018.

Matt was the son of the late Morris and Anne (Somers) Nassivera.

For many years, Matt was a trainer at Saratoga Race Track. He loved being around his cats, but horses were the joy of his life. He also enjoyed spending time outdoors and cherished his granddaughter. 

Matt had many friends and also took great pride in his cooking.

Survivors include his daughter, Susan Heaney and her husband, Brian, his son, Terry Nassivera and his wife, Myra, his grandchildren, Sean, Bianca, Tristan, Marcus and Briar Rose; his siblings, Mark Nassivera and his wife, Pat, Joseph Nassivera, David Nassivera and his wife, Debby, and Ann Hope Pugliese and her husband, Rick; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

At Matt’s request, there will be no calling hours.

A celebration of his life will be at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 23, at Beamers on South Street in Glens Falls.

The family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Animal Foundation of your choice.

Online condolences may be made by visiting

ATTENTION TRAINERS -2018 Groom of the Year Nominations

November 20th, 2018

You may give the nomination to a SHHA Director or send it to the
PO BOX 171

Nominations must be received by DECEMBER 8, 2018

Condolences to the family and friends of William “Huffer” D’Avignon

October 10th, 2018

William “Huffer” D’Avignon, 74, of State Route 32, died peacefully in the comfort of his home on Oct. 8, 2018 following a short illness. He was born in Mechanicville on Aug. 10, 1944, son of the late William and Mary Roberts D’Avignon. He graduated in 1964 from Stillwater High School and joined the U.S. Army where he served his country until he was honorably discharged.

Huffer worked for the New York State Department of Transportation in Saratoga Springs for nearly 30 years until his retirement in 1999. He was a long time member of the Stillwater Fire Department and Stillwater Rescue Squad.

He passionate about the time he spent at the training facility of the Saratoga Harness Track where he was a horse groomer and exerciser. He loved the horses and worked with them from the time he was a young man. Huffer was friends with many in the harness racing community and will be truly missed.

He is survived by his loving companion of 50 years, Ruth Figiel; sister, Mary Pat (Burton) Parry and her children Bill and Cathy Parry, all of Stillwater; Ruth’s boys, whom he helped raise over the years, Edward (Paula) and Paul (Theresa) Kipp; four grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren.

Calling hours are from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, and will be held at DeVito-Salvadore Funeral Home, 39 South Main St., Mechanicville, NY.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, at All Saints on the Hudson North Church, 895 Hudson Ave., Stillwater, with burial to follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105 may be made in memory of William D’Avignon.

Condolences to the Family of Richard “Dickie” Pugliese

September 27th, 2018

Richard (Dickie) Pugliese Saratoga Springs, NY – Dickie was born on March 28, 1937 and grew up in Newcomb, NY. He joined the NAVY and was very proud of his service. Eventually he moved his family to Saratoga Springs and became involved with the Saratoga Harness Track and loved the track his entire life.

Dickie is survived by his wife Mary; children Pam (James) Allen, Patty (Tim) King, Richard (Hope) Pugliese, Brenda DeMartino; grandchildren Kevin Duane, Kim (Pete) Russo, Nick Segel, Timmy (Becca) May, and 6 great-grandchildren; sister Judy (Dave); brothers Ronnie and Dave.

Dickie owned and operated Five Points Grocery for many years.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday September 27, from 4-7pm, at the Tunison Funeral Home, 105 Lake Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Burial with full military honors will be held at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery 200 Duell Rd. Schuylerville, NY on, Friday September 28, at 10:30am.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Parkinson’s Foundation 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018, in memory of Dickie. Online remembrances may be made at


August 6th, 2018

SHHA members the Chicken BBQ scheduled for Sunday August 26th has been CANCELED due to lack of participation.
Individuals may return their tickets for a refund of $3 per ticket.

Joe Gerrity Jr Memorial Pace July 21st

July 21st, 2018

Enjoy an exciting night of racing. The twelve race program includes the annual Joe Gerrity Jr Memorial Pace (purse $260,000.00), six NYS Sire Stake races and the 6th race patrons will see Foiled Again whose earnings are over $7.5 million. Post time begins at 7:05PM

There’s a free T-shirt giveaway, $2 programs, 77 cent Stewarts ice cream cones and $7777.00 pool for pick 5 wager.

The “Toga Toga Double” wagering in conjunction with Saratoga Race Course begins with the Diana Stakes and ends with the Joe Gerrity Jr Memorial Pace. Wagers are available at outlets that accept bets for both NYRA racing and Saratoga Harness.

Condolences to the Family of John Leslie

July 9th, 2018

John R. Leslie, age 59, passed away on Saturday, June 30, 2018. He was born on January 27, 1959 in Gloversville, New York, the son of Lois Wurl Leslie and the late Ronald Leslie.John was raised in Johnstown in his early years. He worked for over 30 years at the Saratoga Raceway. In his younger years John’s passion was driving and training harness horses. He enjoyed his success with many, including his horses, Ashcanwyn and Plowhand. He enjoyed cooking, fishing and being outdoors. John is survived by his partner and best friend Lynne and their two children, his mother and his siblings.

A funeral service will be held at 7 pm on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at Compassionate Funeral Care, 402 Maple Ave. (Rte 9 and./or Marion Ave.), Saratoga Springs, New York. Family and friend can call from 5 pm to 6:45 pm at the funeral home prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers donation can be made to the following website:

Condolences to the Family of Timothy (Michael) Little

July 2nd, 2018

Timothy (Michael) Little, passed away on June 28, 2018 surrounded by his loving family and close friends. He was born in Saratoga Springs, New York, the son of the late Arthur and Thelma (Schultz) Little. He had a lifelong association with horses, first with standardbreds and then thoroughbreds. He and his wife Anne own and operate Mill Creek Farm in Stillwater, a Thoroughbred Farm specializing in breeding and raising horses.

A funeral service will be held at 2 pm on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at Compassionate Funeral Care, 402 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs, New York. Family and friends may call from noon to 1:45 pm prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Tim may be made to The Mollie Wilmot Radiation Oncology Center, 211 Church Street, Saratoga Springs NY 12866.