New England Harness Racing
at Plainridge Park in Plainville, Massachusetts
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P.O. Box 1811, Plainville, MA 02762
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Awards Luncheon & Annual Meeting December 1st - Don't forget to mail in your reservations! Our luncheon buffet begins at 11a in the Boylston Room at Plainridge. Guest speakers include Lobbyist Marty Corry speaking about the many legislative issues facing our Industry, Normand Fluet reviewing our financial affairs regarding the RSP, and attorney Kathleen Reagan speaking on the 2019 racing season and the track ahead. Reservations and payment are due to HHANE by Sunday, November 17th. See any Board member to reserve.
November post time 1p - Live racing will continue throughout November with a 1p post time Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays through November 22. The last week of November races will be held on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (no racing Thanksgiving Day). The last day of racing for the season will be Friday, November 29.
New member benefit - HHANE has a negotiated an agreement with Tufts Cummings Veterinarian Hospital to offer a 15% courtesy discount to all HHANE members in good standing at time of discharge from the hospital. See the Membership benefits page for full details.
RHC recommends increase in percentage - The HRC (Horse Racing Committee) voted to recommend the MGC (Mass Gaming Commission) increase the distribution percentage allocated to the Standardbreds from the RHDF (Race Horse Development Fund) from 60 to 65 percent. The HRC agreed to meet again in the first quarter of 2020 when the distribution percentage will be revisited again.
Racing Programs Available Before Arriving at Plainridge - Racing programs for all live racing days are now available for purchase at a number of locations in the area.
EEE Over for 2019 - due to the recent hard frosts the EEE alerts are considered ended for this year. MSPCA has launched an EEE Vaccination Assistance Program - an emergency vaccination clinic to assist owners in the Greater Merrimack Valley Region who cannot afford to administer the vaccine has been launched. The program is currently limited to the Merrimack Valley but the MSPCA will look to expand its services to horse owners outside the valley based on need and available resources. Overview information is available at https://www.wcvb.com/article/mspca-launches-eee-vaccination-program-for-horses/28870917. The MSPCA equine assistance program site page and assistance application may be found at https://www.mspca.org/programs-resources/pet-care-assistance/equine-assistance-program/
EEE and WEST NILE VIRUS have been found throughout Massachusetts. Full information and links to keep you updated are available on the Racing Info page.
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.
GOOD NEWS! The Massachusetts Gaming Commission approved the recommendation from the Race Horse Committee to increase the percentage we receive from the Race Horse Development Fund from 60% to 65%. The Commission also approved the application to race 110 days from early April to the end of November. The Contract signed with PNG requires 110 racing days be conducted for the next six years. The application was approved under the condition that an independent evaluation be prepared of the racing track surface prior to the commencement of the 2020 racing season.
To read the public comments submitted by HHANE this link.
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