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


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

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.