PRC Supplies us with Bottled Water on Ice. Please show your appreciation by throwing your bottles in trash bins and not just left on the ground. Thank you!
Dear HHANE Members:
HHANE is pleased to announce beginning with racing Monday, May 31, 2021, the wearing of a mask on the backside for horsemen and owners will be on an honor system. If you have been fully vaccinated you will not be required to wear a mask. Non-vaccinated individuals are advised to continue wearing face masks and to continue distancing.
Please note there will be no change to the paddock set up at this time.
Horsemen are reminded there is no loading or unloading of horses inside the paddock gate; turn around is only permitted after the 4th race.
Please continue to clean up after yourselves, as it is a common courtesy that should be an ongoing expectation from everyone.
Reminder, if you haven't sent in your 2021 membership application you could be missing out on the many benefits offered by HHANE. Please rejoin today. Applications as well as the current member roster and RSP participant list are available on the website at www.hhane.com and "like" us on facebook.com/HarnessHorsemanNE.
Very truly yours,
Robert McHugh, President
Horsemen: Please don't forget to clean your stalls before leaving Plainridge. This is especially true for races 1 thru 3 shipping stalls. Let's not loose the use of those stalls before going to the main paddock building. Thank you!
We are pleased to report that the Massachusetts Gaming Commission unanimously approved to revise the percentage distribution from the RHDF to 92% for overnight purses, 75% for Breeders purses, and 50% for Health and Welfare Benefits.
Regarding overnight purses, 92% is allocated to the Standardbreds; 8% is allocated to the Thoroughbreds; the percentage distribution had been 70% to the Standardbreds and 30% to the Thoroughbreds.
Regarding the Massachusetts Breeders, 75% is allocated to the Standardbreds and 25% to the Thoroughbreds; the percentage distribution had been 70% to the Standardbreds and 30% to the Thoroughbreds.
Regarding Health and Pension, the distribution was voted to be split 50% each to the two breeds. It was previously 40% to the Standardbreds and 60% to the Thoroughbreds.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our representative, Peter Goldberg for the work done on receiving the favorable percentage and the efforts of the Directors of the HHANE and SOM for providing the data that supported our position that was provided to the Horse Racing Commission.
As always, smoking is permitted in designated areas only. No Smoking in the back stretch or paddock areas. Dispose of cigarette butts in their proper receptacle.
Clean up after yourself upon leaving Plainridge.
There are rubbish barrels for trash and separate bins for manure - please use them accordingly. Do not throw or leave food, beverage containers, grain bags, etc. on the ground. Clean your stalls upon leaving using manure bins.
It is very important to be with your horse for Pre-race blood draw. All horses need an attendant for the draw with their Plainridge license on hand.
TRAINING WILL BE ON TUESDAYS ONLY, TRACK WILL BE OPEN FROM 7:00AM UNTIL 1:00PM.
SCHOOLING WILL BE PROVIDED AT NOON.
PLAINRIDGE WILL HAVE A PADDOCK GATE ATTENDANT TO SIGN HORSES IN.
ALL HORSES COMING TO PLAINRIDGE TO RACE, TRAIN, OR SCHOOL MUST HAVE ALL PAPERWORK (EHV-1, COGGINS, HEALTH CERTIFICATE) ON FILE IN THE RACE OFFICE.
NO PAPERWORK NO ADMITTANCE.
TRAINING/SCHOOLING OUT OF MAIN PADDOCK ONLY - DO NOT USE BARN STALLS.
BE SURE TO CLEAN UP AFTER YOURSELF.
LEAVE NOTHING BEHIND.
John Mattero will be in the office to accept horsemen's paperwork
HHANE will continue to provide updates.
Bloodgas Testing Schedule
Racing Phone Numbers
Draw Sheets & Stewards List
2019 PRC Trainers Manual
2021 Membership App
2021 Sulky Insurance Info & Forms
RSP (Retirement Savings Plan) Information & Forms
HHI Insurance Forms & Info
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).
All Non Lasix horses must be on the grounds 3 hours prior to their post time. ALL Lasix horses, including qualifiers, 4 hours prior to their post.
Non Lasix Qualifiers, 1 1/2 hours prior to their qualify time.
Trainer of the Year - Jim Nickerson
Driver of the Year - Shawn Gray
Caretaker of the Year - Bethany Graffam
HHANE's Hometown Handicapper - Colin Boyle
Inside Paddock times for the first three races if you have chosen to put your horse in the outside stalls are 1 and 1/2 hours (1.5 hrs) before your post time.
That is 15 minutes before the time they draw blood.
HHANE Contacts - When you need information, here's who to contact:
Health & Welfare, Membership questions
Alice Tisbert firstname.lastname@example.org 508.662.8564
Race Track Committee/Sulky ins claims
Jim Hardy email@example.com 508.577.6631
Race Conditions Committee
Joe Flynn firstname.lastname@example.org 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
HHANE would like to Introduce and Welcome Colin Boyle, as our new Handicapping Specialist Colin will help you with your daily wagering selections. Looking forward to Colins Pics for 2021 About Colin Boyle
To access Colins latest article, Go to Colins Corner
Out of an abundance of caution, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission licensing office will not be open for in-person licensing at Plainridge until further notice. Horsemen are encouraged to mail their license applications in with the fee, and they will be processed.
The office will be taking 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 - 2021
John Matteros e-mail to email your paperwork to: email@example.com If you do not know how to scan and email, take a picture and send to HHANE's cell phone at 508-918-8852.
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, faxed or emailed. They’ll still need to get the payment to mass gaming. The email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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: email@example.com. 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. firstname.lastname@example.org 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.