June 26, 2017


NYTHA Nominating Committee Named: It’s an election year for the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, and the Nominating Committee has been named. The Committee includes trainer Abigail Adsit and NYTHA Executive Director Andy Belfiore, and will be chaired by trainer Mark Hennig. The General Nominating Meeting will be held Tuesday, Aug. 29, at Saratoga Race Course; ballots will go out in October. The new Board will take office in December of 2017. NYTHA Elections are held every three years. All qualified NYTHA members may participate in electing the Board of Directors.

There are three options for eligible members who would like to be included on the ballot for the NYTHA Board.

   1) If you would like to be a candidate for owner/director, trainer/director or president, please submit your nomination to a member of the NYTHA Nominating Committee. You can also send an email to abelfiore@nytha.com.

   2) Nominations can be made from the floor during the General Nomination Meeting, if the member consents in writing to the nomination. The nomination has to have two (2) seconds and must be accompanied by a petition signed by at least thirty (30) members of the Association.

   OR 3) For a period of 15 days after the General Nomination Meeting, additional candidates may be nominated by petition signed by at least fifty (50) members in good standing, provided the petition is filed with the NYTHA Nominating Committee during the 15-day period following the General Nominating Meeting and is accompanied by the candidate's affidavit and policy statement, if any.

If you would like to participate in the voting process as a NYTHA member, please register online at http://nytha.com/members/registration.aspx, or contact the NYTHA Office at (516) 488-2337, or by email to abelfiore@nytha.com, so that we can update our records and contact you with information during the election process. We urge managing owners to provide the NYTHA Office with an updated partner list and contact information as soon as possible.

New York Owners: Do You Have a Story to Tell? The New York Racing Association is looking for biographical information about Thoroughbred owners for use on its live television programming, “Belmont Park Live” and “Saratoga Live.” If you have a horse running, please share your story - where are you from, how did you get interested in racing, what business are you in? Any and all interesting tidbits are welcome. Please email your story to nyownerstories@gmail.com.

NYTHA To Host Seminar On Workers’ Compensation and Backstretch Safety: NYTHA will host a seminar for trainers at Belmont Park on Wednesday, June 28, starting at 11 a.m., to provide an update on Workers’ Compensation, Backstretch Safety and the New York Racing Industry. The 90-minute event will be held in the Turf & Field Room on the fourth floor of the Belmont Clubhouse, and light refreshments will be served.

Mr. Andre Eichenholtz, of JLT Specialty USA, and Ms. Nicole Katz, Senior Vice President of Corporate Risk Solutions LLC (CRS), will review the progress made by the New York Jockey Injury Compensation (NYJICF) in the past year, and the plan going forward, including the potential for expanding the current NYJICF insurance policy to cover all backstretch workers. JLT Specialty USA, is the U.S. platform of the world’s leading specialty advisor and broker. CRS is an independent risk and insurance advisor currently serving as the outsourced risk consultant for the NYJICF.

Mr. Larry Reynolds, Senior Vice President of Marsh Risk Consulting, will present an overview of the Safety Study commissioned by NYTHA and NYJICF in 2016, the recommendations from the Study, and steps that have been implemented to improve safety and lower costs. Mr. Reynolds will also discuss general principles for establishing and gaining worker acceptance of safety rules developed for your stable, above and beyond the new protective vest and helmet equipment requirements. Marsh is a global leader in insurance broking and risk management, with clients in more than 130 countries.

A Q&A session will follow the presentations. For more information, contact NYTHA Executive Director Andy Belfiore at the NYTHA Office, (516) 488-2337 or abelfiore@nytha.com.

BEST Welcomes Workers to Saratoga: The mission of the Backstretch Employee Service Team is to care for the dedicated men and women who tirelessly care for the horses, and they fulfill that mission each spring as they welcome the backstretch workers upon arrival to Saratoga Race Course. “Through collaboration with our generous Saratoga community, BEST has been able to make contact with arriving workers in an immediate and meaningful way,” said BEST’s Saratoga Program Director Nancy Underwood. “The Saratoga staff, with the help of our wonderful volunteers, filled 1,100 backpacks with donated items such as towels, wash cloths, dental kits, hats, gloves and toiletries. Of the 1,100 backpacks prepared, half have already been distributed to workers.”

“In addition to the backpack program, BEST and Skidmore College once again teamed up in May to reduce the waste their students create when moving out of their dormitories, repurposing and recycling those items directly to the backstretch community,” Underwood added. “Together, we moved 10 truckloads of essentials that would have otherwise gone to the landfill, helping the backstretch and the environment!”

BEST is looking for new volunteers to help with day-to-day tasks or the Backstretch Appreciation Events. Through the sponsorship of Mary Lou Whitney and John Hendrickson, each Sunday at Saratoga is Backstretch Appreciation Day, with between 500 and 700 meals served, and on Wednesdays Tom Durkin calls Bingo under the tent. If you are interested in helping out, give the BEST Saratoga office a call at (518) 587-3720 and speak with either Sheriza or Roger.

BEST is NYTHA’s largest beneficiary, with donations totaling $800,022 in 2016.
BCCA’s Anna House Celebrates the Class of 2017! On June 20, the Belmont Child Care Association celebrated the graduation of seven students, who now move on to the local grade school. “Many of these graduates have been with us since they were infants, and while we’re very sad to see them go, we are also excited to see all that they accomplish on the next leg of their life adventure,” said BCCA Executive Director Joanne Adams. Each graduating student received a backpack filled with everything they will need for school, thanks to the generous donation and work from the Floral Park Memorial High School National Honor Society.

BCCA is proud to announce a partnership with the Limon Foundation and the launch of their first Dance Program for school age students. Each Saturday, an instructor will visit Anna House to lead a dance lesson. At the end of the summer, the students will put on a recital to showcase everything they have learned, and all are invited to attend.

This summer, BCCA will also initiate a new engineering program. BCCA will be bringing in instructors from “Engineering for Kids” to conduct classes for school age students. These lessons will revolve around science, technology, engineering and math. “The focus on STEM-based learning is an exciting expansion of their program,” Adams said.

BCCA’s after-school students kicked off the summer with fishing and dinner at the Buoy Bar in Point Lookout. The Buoy Bar hosted the students for the afternoon and provided them with an assortment of refreshments after a day of fishing. Each student also received a complimentary shirt from Scotty’s Marina and Fishing.

It was an exciting Father’s Day at Anna House, with the families gathered for a Sports Day organized by the students. Each Anna House class created a different game to play with their fathers. The games were followed by refreshments for everyone.

Herbal and Homeopathic Remedies: Understanding the Risk: The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium has issued the following recommendations for use of herbal products and homeopathic remedies in racehorses:

• Exercise caution in using these products in proximity to a race. Despite label claims, these products should be considered “unknowns,” and their administration can result in a positive test.

• Consider clearance testing before entering a horse that has been treated with these products. (Consult your regulatory authority to determine what samples need to be submitted).

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Congratulations to Trainer Chris Englehart on win #4,000! Trainer Chris Englehart, a 15-time leading trainer at Finger Lakes, picked up the 4,000th victory of his career with Prince Supreme at the Canandaigua oval June 3. Englehart grew up near Finger Lakes, and took out his license in 1973. He was the 6th leading conditioner on the NYRA circuit in 2016. Photo Credit: SV Photography.

Trainer Mike Hushion to Retire: Trainer Mike Hushion, who saddled his first winner at Aqueduct in 1975, announced that he will retire after the 2017 Belmont Spring Meet. The New York native and father of three attended the University of Oklahoma, but left school to work at the track. He was one of the many top horsemen who apprenticed under Hall of Famer Allen Jerkens, and retires with more than 1,400 wins and career earnings of more than $51 million. Best of luck to Mike! Photo Credit: Susie Raisher/NYRA
Save The Date!
NYTHA General Membership Meeting
Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at Saratoga Race Course

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