Congratulations to Jimmy Nickerson and Bruce Ranger on winning the 2023 Trainer and Driver Titles!
Congratulations to all that raced at Plainridge in 2023 for a great year. See you all in 2024!
Please make sure you are sending your information to the right department.
Trainer reminder: Even if your horse raced on Lasix last year, a new slip must be on file for the 2023 Racing Season. Please use the email address firstname.lastname@example.org to list any of your horses racing on Lasix at Plainridge for the 2023 season whether they have been on it before or not. If you are taking one off of Lasix, use the same email address to take them off of Lasix.
Horsemen, please remember to pick up after yourself when done racing, this means food packages and wrappers, tape, vet wraps, plastic, cups, etc. Sean and his crew are doing a great job preparing the paddock and backside for our use, let us all show them some respect by picking up after ourselves.
IMPORTANT UPDATES AND INFORMATION
DO NOT Fax or Text paperwork. Paperwork is to be EMAILED ONLY to:
PLR-RacingDocs@pennentertainment.com Paperwork MUST BE on file prior to entering.
The MGC is now open M-F. On Race Days, Mon, Tue, & Thurs, the hours are Noon till the end of racing. On Wed & Fri the hours are 10:00am -4pm
TRAINERS AND DRIVERS
You can reach the judges between 7-10 am by calling 508-576-4487, which may be transferred to 207-458-4846 if not in the office. Horsemen can call the judges or text changes to 207-458-4846 between 7-10 am only. Please don’t call or text outside those hours or at inappropriate times. Absolutely no calls or texts during live racing. No Exceptions.
SHIP-IN TRAINING/OVERNIGHT STABLING
Beginning with the week of April 10th and until further notice, Training will be allowed on Tuesdays and Fridays, 7:00 am until Noon. You can train out of the paddock. You must pick up after yourself when done, no wrappers, vet wraps, or manure is to be left in the stall including wash stalls or privileges may be revoked.
Horses will be allowed to stable overnight with permission from either the Presiding Judge or the Paddock Judge.
There will be no billing for Lasix. Payment for Lasix is due at the time of administration in the form of Cash or Check. You can pay for all Lasix horses for the day or week at the same time.
RACING RULES AND REGULATION
Saddle Pads are to be removed once off the main track if it can be done safely. If not, when the pads can be removed safely, they are to be returned to the numbers room as soon as possible. If pads are not returned, trainers may be subjected to a fine.
There will be an updated PRC Trainers Manual and it will be posted on the HHANE website as soon as it becomes available. Please note the following changes from the previous Manual and will be strictly enforced.
TRAINERS and DRIVERS Please use the following link to read the updated Rules. (3 pages):
Stamps are now 63 cents. Save a stamp and renew your membership online today!
Apply for or Renew your 2023 membership now to be eligible for the Tufts University 15% Discount. The current Membership list is posted on our website and Tufts will give a 15% courtesy discount to all HHANE members on the list when invoices are paid at the time of discharge from the hospital. The discount would apply to HHANE members' standardbred horses participating in the racing industry. This would include services for horses actively racing, as well as services for broodmares and foals anticipated to enter the racing industry.
Are you or someone you know looking to apply for a scholarship?? Click on the following link for eligibility requitrements:
Order win pictures from Tom Melanson
Leading Driver of the Year — Bruce Ranger
Leading Trainer of the Year — Jimmy Nickerson
Caretaker of the Year — Allison Pletcher (nominated by her peers)
Each recipient will receive a jacket in recognition of their accomplishment.
Horse of the Year:
Pacer: Mansome — owners Bruce Weinstein and Elisha Lafreniere
Trotter: Marquis Lafayette — owner Greathorse
Mare of the Year:
Hilaria — owner Ralph Andersen
Massive Lightning — owner Robert Kopack
Pacer Anvil Hands — owners David and Christine Thibault, James Hardy, Jolene Andrews
Trotter Billy B — owner Joel Wheeler.
Claimer of the Year:
Beachchip Hanover — owners Jeffrey Epstein and Steven Gondelman
DenverDolly— owners James Hardy and Jolene Andrews
Lookinforadventure — owner Kathleen Brewer
Ubanji — owner Elisha Lafreniere
Western Victory — owner Lisa Watson
Blankets emblazoned with award names will be given to each hörse.
You can get a copy of the 2022 Horsemen's Guide for Plainridge by requesting one from the paddock judge. As a reminder, it states: Dogs are NOT allowed in the barn area and must NOT be left unattended in a vehicle. Link to online version: 2022 Horsemens Guide
During the racing season, horses will be allowed to ship in and train on Tuesdays and Fridays. Horses will be allowed to stay overnight with permission from Chip.
Schooling will be held after the qualifiers. Sign up with the paddock judge. 774-245-3378.
Plainridge Lasix Sign Up and/or Removal: Please use the email email@example.com to list the horses you have on Lasix. You may take one off or add one to this list. Please also notify the Racing Office of Lasix status when you’re entering. Thank you!
*** Reminder*** Per Dr. Alex Lightbown, horses have to be in the paddock TWO (2) Hours before your race post time. Dr. Lightbown wrote; "On Monday, I will personally remind the horsemen in the 1st and 2nd races that there will be others coming into the paddock stalls after they race. This is something they have done at Plainridge for years, so I’m sure they will be able to adjust accordingly. I will also remind those coming in after them".
PAPERWORK NEEDED TO ENTER PLAINRIDGE 2023 COGGINS EHV-1 (EQUINE HERPESVIRUS-1) VACCINE CERTIFICATE HEALTH CERTIFICATE WITH PLAINRIDGE AS THE DESTINATION WITHIN 30 DAYS OF Q/RACING
EMAIL TO: PLR-RacingDocs@pennentertainment.com
Lasix horses need to be on the grounds no later than 4 hrs before your post (race) and all horses not on lasix must be on the grounds 3 hrs prior to your post (race).
Non Lasix Qualifiers, 1 1/2 hours prior to their qualify time.
Grand Circuit Racing in 2023
All are Grand Circuit events
nominations handled by the Hambletonian Society.
Filly division of Colonial will be named Colonial Oaks.
May 04 - Paul Revere Pace 3 CP
May 15 Battle of Bunker Hill Trot 3 CT
July 23 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot - Open Trot
July 23 Clara Barton - Mare Pace
Oct 09 Reynold Stakes
Leta Long 3 FP Tar Heel 3 CP
Oct 09 Colonial Oaks 3 FT Trot 3 CT
2022 Award Winners
Trainer of the Year
Driver of the Year
Caretaker of the Year
Horse of the Year
Pacer - Mansome
Trotter - Marquis Lafayette
Mare of the Year
Pacer - Anvil Hands
Trotter - Billy B
Claimer of the Year
HHANE Contacts - When you need information, here's who to contact:
Bob McHugh firstname.lastname@example.org 781.929.7254
Health & Welfare, Membership questions
Alice Tisbert email@example.com 508.662.8564
Race Track Committee/Sulky ins claims
Jim Hardy firstname.lastname@example.org 508.577.6631
Race Conditions Committee
Joe Flynn email@example.com 508.887.0685
Plainridge Race Office
for entries/Clerk of Course: 508.576.4486
Race Office - Paul Verette: 508.576.4485
Judge's Office: 508.576.4487
(all scratches/driver changes are due by
10 a.m. on the day following the draw)
MGC Office: 617.533.9803
Harness Horse Youth foundation
In addition to the scholarships offered by the Harness Horse Youth Foundation, there are many more opportunities for students. Here is a compiled list of useful resources for students and those who would like to get more involved in harness racing. Click on one of the links below to learn more about how you can further your education within harness racing!
HHI Scholarship infomation
Massachusetts Gaming Commission licensing office hours:
After season starts
Noon until end of racing on Mon, Tue, and Thursdays
10am-4pm on Wed and Fridays
The office does take phone calls if there are questions, and can be reached at
(617)533-9803, Monday –Friday.
License applications can be mailed to:
Racing Division, MA Gaming Commission
c/o Plainridge Park Casino
301 Washington Street
Plainville, MA 02762
HHANE Horsemen - 2023
Email your paperwork to:
The fillable licenses for new licensees are on the mass gaming website: https://massgaming.com/licensing/horse-racing-licenses/. Instructions also have been updated to read for both new and renewal licenses, they can be mailed or faxed. They’ll still need to get the payment to mass gaming.
Also, they are going paperless for the Furosemide (Lasix) program request form. Now, trainers can email the horses they want on Lasix to that same email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. This should help the trainers because they will have an email record of who they’ve added or taken off. If the trainer’s email address does not include their name, please include your name in the email, so it’s clear who it’s coming from, that would help greatly.
TRAINERS- YOU NO LONGER HAVE TO SUBMIT A PAPER LASIX REQUEST FORM TO PUT ON OR TAKE A HORSE OFF OF LASIX! To promote Social Distancing, you may now email the name of the horses(s) that you are requesting to be placed on or removed from the furosemide (LASIX) program. email@example.com Send the name of the horse(s) along with your name and include an email address for verification. If you do not have an email address, include your phone number. Any Questions, please call Dr. Alex Lightbown at 1-617-979-8436 for assistance.
Horsemen Reminder: Please check your horses paperwork, as no horses will be allowed on the grounds of Plainridge without a current negative Coggins and EHV vaccine. We will keep you posted as to any other necessary requirements as they become available to us.
HHANE Mission Statement Section 1.2 of the Association’s Bylaws The mission of HHANE shall be to promote the welfare and development of harness racing on behalf of the owners, trainers, drivers, breeders and others affiliated with harness racing in New England. HHANE shall encourage and promote legislation to horsemen in general, recommend to rules and regulators which are deemed to be in the best interest in harness racing, to cooperate with and make suggestions to all associations conducting harness racing meetings, advising them on problems affecting the interests of horsemen, hear any grievances of any member, and to intercede if the executive board deems such action is appropriate.
Welcome! The Harness Horseman's Association of New England (HHANE) welcomes you to visit our site and visit us personally during racing season. If you are a trainer, driver, or owner who has either raced at Plainridge in the past or is interested in racing here this year you will find information about HHANE membership and benefits as well as information on racing in Massachusetts and at Plainridge. Feel free to explore and contact us if you have questions.