Member update - May 18, 2020

Detailed industry reopening plan for Massachusetts

The Governor announced a four-phase plan to open the Massachusetts economy. The list was not an exhaustive list of all possible businesses that can open in each phase; it may be updated from time to time.

In reviewing the Phases, it appears the Advisory Board of the Governor could put us in the Large venues (such as arenas, stadiums, night clubs, race tracks, other sports venues), Phase 4, however, they are still in the process of determining what qualifies as a large venue. Also listed is a Sports without spectators …..TBD.

The HHANE submitted a comprehensive Plan to the Governor’s Advisory Board, which details how individuals could bring their horses to the backside and comply with the protocol recommended by the CDC, The Commonwealth, and The Advisory Board. We will be tightening the Plan further based on some comments we heard today and provide the enhancements to the decision makers tomorrow. The Board has spent many hours developing the Plan and we feel strongly that it meets the goal which would put the harness racing industry in Phase 1. The Plan was written based on public health guidance and would allow the opening of Plainridge. The Plan has severe restrictions, but we can show that horsemen and women working on the backside have little face-to-face interactions and we can safely commence operations.

The Board wishes to thank all our members for their support, and we will keep you posted on any developments.

The Horsemens' group Western New England Harness Horsemen’s Association (WNEHHA), and Poulin Grain Company have provided a feed assistance program to eligible members of The Harness Horseman's Association of New England (HHANE) and Maine Harness Horsemen’s Association (MHHA). “The New England Grain Program” will provide each eligible horse a grain certificate worth $80.00 of Poulin feed. Certificates are expected to be mailed out the first week in May. A special thank you to all the connections involved in bringing this program to our members.

You can view a complete article on the USTA website at:…/

Attention Horsemen!

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

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Harness Horseman's Association of New England

New England Harness Racing
at Plainridge Park in Plainville, Massachusetts

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P.O. Box 1811, Plainville, MA 02762    508-316-3364

Governor Charlie Baker said Friday he was asking all travelers arriving in Mass. to self-quarantine for 14 days, in the latest step to combat the spread of the coronavirus pandemic

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.

UPDATE for Horsemen as of May 16, 2020

HHANE has been working tirelessly and had ongoing conversations with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission and Penn Gaming to start racing. Since the decision was made to delay the opening, we have had several meetings, written letters, submitted a Risk Management Plan to the MGC, and submitted to the Governors Reopening Advisory Board a Plan to Commence Live Harness Racing at Plainridge Racetrack without spectators or gatherings. The Advisory Board is expected to give the Governor their recommendations for the State to begin reopening across the Commonwealth on Monday.

As we see racetracks across the country begin the resumption of racing, we are hopeful Plainridge will be next.

In the meantime, we ask all persons to be mindful to protect yourself and others by following all protocols as set by the CDC and our state officials. We will keep you posted.

REMINDER Your signed membership application is due by May 31, 2020. The fee for membership has been waived for 2020. You can email the completed form to or mail it to HHANE PO Box 1811 Plainville, MA 02762. If you need any assistance, please email or

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To stay eligible to participate in the RSP and HHI insurance, a completed signed application must be done by May 31st. The 2020 membership fee has been payment due!
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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.

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We would like to thank our members that have requested us to keep their membership dues they already sent in. The thoughtfulness and support is greatly appreciated.  For those who want their membership back, we can do a direct deposit into your account if you supply us with your information. Email Paul at or call at 617 347 1667  your request and information.

Thanks again for your commitment and appreciation!