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

SHHA Communication Sept 23, 2021

September 25th, 2021

Significant Items:

  • The Promotions Committee (Michelle Crawford, Jessica and Olivia Derue, Joe Battaglia, and John Hoagland, Jr.), led by John Hoagland, Jr., is working on a Racing Under Saddle (RUS) event and a local media event day during October.  Please watch for details.
  • 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 research 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.
  • We have initiated discussions with SCH management regarding the 2022 racing schedule. We understand this is a very important item and as soon as information is available, we will share it. 
  • As a reminder, one owner (Jeff Cantine) and two trainer/driver (George Merton and Scott Mongeon) Board members’ three (3) year terms expire this year.  
  • A representative from our health insurance company administrator will be in the SHHA office in the paddock on Monday, October 25th from Noon – 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 call 518-775-0975.  
  • The premium rates have increased on the Blue Shield of NE NY under age 65 policies for 2022.  The increase is as follows: Single person increased by $42.73, two person increased $88.48 and a family increased by $121.17.  Please be advised 50% of the increase ($21.37/$44.24/60.59) will be included in your monthly premium, beginning December 2021.

    Due to the minimal increase to the Humana 65 and over policies, the SHHA will absorb the increase.

  

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!   Thank you to Melissa Beckwith and Amanda Benson for volunteering to join the Promotion Committee.
  • Backstretch maintenance and improvement items are continuing.  Tom McTygue has the lead for this initiative.
  • Dorm 40 is closed to residents, however access to the restrooms in the dorm will be available from 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily.
  • SCH has upgraded the Main Track emergency lights to make them more visible during daytime racing.
  • We held a Legislator’s Appreciation Day on August 31st to recognize and thank those personnel and their staffs who helped us resolve our issue with Rivers.  Activities included paddock tours, jog cart and starting car rides, a luncheon, and a winner’s circle presentation after the seventh race.  THANK YOU to all the SHHA members who helped make this day a success.  Feedback received from the attendees has been very positive.

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 October 21, 2021 at 12:30 in the Recreation Room adjacent to the Track Kitchen.

The SHHA Board of Directors

Assembly Bill A4154

September 7th, 2021

A NYS law passed both houses of the Legislature. It is referred to as the NY Horse Slaughter Law. Its  proponents seek to make responsible those connected with a horse who  knowingly are involved in sending horses to slaughter and/or are transporting them for that purpose. Since all breed registry records will be used to locate the last owner and presumptively hold him/her responsible. It is recommended that everyone selling, transferring, bartering or gifting away a horse, notify the breed registry, since sometimes horses are sold to someone who does not re-register the horse with the breed registry and that horse may end up in a slaughterhouse somewhere.

NY’s Slaughter Law provides as follows:

No horse, mare, gelding, colt or filly shall be  eligible to  compete  in any race, unless it is first microchipped and registered with the   jockey club, United  States  trotting  association,  American quarter  horse  association,  the national steeplechase and hunt association or such other entity, as applicable  and  as  the  commission  may designate.  The commission may request that all microchip information be provided  and  available to the commission as necessary pursuant to this chapter.

This law would take effect  01/01/2022 and is consistent with the current USTA rule requiring all horses to be microchipped ($35). Some states and tracks are reportedly refusing entries now, even in advance of the USTA deadline for micro chipping effective on 01/01/2022. The state law will be effective when signed into law and horsemen could be denied entry if they are not in compliance with state law or track regulations.

All horsemen should consider arranging for the insertion of the microchips ASAP. This is just a heads up as state law will govern participation in races in NYS and perhaps in other venues around the country.

Get your horses microchipped.

Upcoming Election December 2021

September 7th, 2021

The following individuals will be on the ballot this year:

Jeffrey Cantine

Jordan Derue

Gary Levine

George Merton Jr

Scott Mongeon

Kyle Spagnola

Legislator Day August 31,2021

August 30th, 2021

The SHHA will host the event, scheduled to run from 11:30 a.m. through the end of races. This is an opportunity to thank the legislators for their diligent work to protect the track and the many jobs created by harness racing industry. The event will also provide legislators to see the activity in the paddock before and after races. Some will get to ride in double-seat jog carts, and some will get to ride in the starting car. It should be a great experience.

SHHA Communication for August 26, 2021

August 27th, 2021
  • We are pleased that we were able to increase purses by approximately 10% effective August 21, 2021.
  • We are finalizing the pension plan for our local horsemen.  The lawyers have completed the program documents which will be posted on the SHHA website.  All personnel who submitted an application have been notified by letter as to their status regarding acceptance into the plan.  Applications will be allowed until August 31, 2021, so if you missed the original deadline and you are still interested in applying please do so no later than 8/31/2021.  John Hoagland, Jr. has the lead for this item.
  • The Promotions Committee (Michelle Crawford, Jessica and Olivia Derue, Joe Battaglia, and John Hoagland, Jr.), led by John Hoagland, Jr., met with SCH management to discuss future events to encourage on track attendance.  They gave a presentation to the Board at our August meeting.  Please look for upcoming notifications regarding future planned events.
  • The Disaster Fund has been transitioned to the Charitable Contribution and Hardship Fund.  The process to request funds has been posted on the SHHA website.  Please use the process/protocol for any requests.  John Hoagland, Jr., Jake Zakrewski, and Joe Battaglia have responsibility for this activity.  Please feel free to discuss any questions on this item with them.
  • Due to several requests from our members we are currently looking into the potential to have an outrider/marshal.  We have issued a letter to the NYSGC regarding requirements for this and we are currently awaiting their response.  John Hoagland, Jr. has the lead for 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.
  • We are holding a Legislator’s Appreciation Day on August 31st to recognize and thank those personnel and their staffs who helped us resolve our issue with Rivers.  Planned activities include paddock tours, jog cart and starting car rides, a luncheon, and a winner’s circle presentation after the seventh race.
  • Information on the fall series should be forthcoming shortly.
  • We have initiated discussions with SCH management regarding the 2022 racing schedule.  As soon as information is available we will share it.  We understand this is a very important item.
  • As a reminder, one owner (Jeff Cantine) and two trainer/drive (George Merton and Scott Mongeon) Board members’ three (3) year terms are up this year.  September 1st is the due date for submitting a petition to run for an open position.

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 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!
  • Backstretch maintenance and improvement items are continuing.  Tom McTygue has the lead for this initiative.
  • Dorm 40 is closed to residents, however access to the restrooms in the dorm will be available from 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily, and until 11:00 p.m. on Saturdays during the Saratoga Thoroughbred Meet.
  • We have requested SCH to upgrade the air conditioning in the Paddock Kitchen.
  • SCH is in the process of upgrading the Main Track emergency lights to make them more visible during daytime racing.
  • Due to several concerns, the Board voted not to conduct a holiday party this year.

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 September 23, 2021 at 12:30 in the Recreation Room adjacent to the Track Kitchen. If you would like to present an issue, please contact Karen Kamal 518-775-0975, [email protected]

The SHHA Board of Directors