HORSEMEN - IMPORTANT REMINDER ABOUT RSP!
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 waived....no payment due!
Monday - July 6, 2020
To all horsemen that participated in
Qualifying races today.
Thank you for your cooperation.
There are changes that need to be made.
Your HHANE Board will work closely with PPC
and MGC to accomplish a safe environment
for both ourselves and our horses while
doing what we all do best,
our passion, our job; racing horses.
July 5, 2020 - Important Info for Monday Qualifiers
HHANE received the following information verbally late today and we wanted to get this out to our members
No trucks and trailers will be allowed through the 2nd gate. That is the gate that gives direct access to the barns and backside. Loading and unloading of horses are allowed at the bottom of the hill before the gate, however, you must park in the parking lot on top of the hill. No trucks or trailers will be allowed to park near the backside gate unless you have a sticker that says you can. If you do not have permission do not attempt to park there.
Barns are numbered. You will race out of the stall. Enter barns from the 495 side, exit paddock side.
If you are in the 1st,2nd, or 3rd Race you are to report Directly to the Paddock.
If you are in the 4th Race and have the 1,2,3, or 4 hole, you are to report Directly to the Paddock.
If you are in the 4th Race and have the 5,6,7, 8, 9 hole, you are to report to the Outside Stalls located on the same side as the Lasix Administration.
If you are in the 5th Race you are to report to Barn 1
If you are in the 6th Race you are to report to Barn 2
If you are in the 7th Race you are to report to the Outside Stalls of Barn 2
If you are in the 8th Race you are to report to Barn 3
If you are in the 9th Race you are to report to Barn 4
If you are in the 10thRace you are to report to the Outside Stalls of Barn 4
If you are in the 11thRace you are to report to Barn 5
If you are in the 12thRace you are to report to Barn 6
There will be an empty out stall in every barn
All stalls have cross ties
There are no screens or gates on the stalls.
There is no bedding in the stalls. Shavings are allowed however you will have to remove all bedding you put in before you leave.
You can use your own fans
Benches are located at the end of each barn
Smoking will be allowed only by the backside gate
There are portapotties located across from the Lasix Administration and Paddock bathrooms will be open
Drivers Lounge will be closed Drivers can change in the Paddock bathroom but must return street clothes to their car. No leaving of personal items in the bathrooms.
Working under COVID-19 is proving to be challenging and we ask for your patience as we work through some of these requirements.
HHANE Board of Directors
Horsemen Update June 25, 2020
Info needed in addition to below for entry to PRC
Negative Coggins dated in 2020. Health Certificate dated within 30 days of transport with Plainridge Park noted as the destination
along with EHV1
Fax to - 508-643-9624
Email to - email@example.com
June 22, 2020
Dear HHANE Members:
NEW TENTATIVE RACING DATES
Governor Baker has announced he wants at least two weeks’ worth of data on indoor dining before potentially moving on to the third phase of reopening. Based on previous plans, the earliest Phase 3 could have started was June 29; now the earliest Phase 3 could start is July 6.
This announcement means qualifying races are tentatively set to begin on Monday July 6th and again on Thursday July 9th, followed by pari-mutual racing tentatively starting on July 13th. These once again are tentative dates only in that the phased-in approach will continue as long as the cases for COVID-19 continue to trend downward.
GET YOUR MGC LICENSE NOW
Only licensed, essential personnel needed to conduct qualifiers and racing will be allowed on the grounds. Horse owners are not allowed on the grounds unless they are an essential caretaker for a horse. All Trainers and Drivers and essential personnel must be licensed in order to enter the grounds. Temporary Owner Licenses will be accepted and are good for 30 days.
The link for licenses is: https://massgaming.com/licensing/horse-racing-licenses/.
Download and print the application and mail or fax to:
MA Gaming Commission Racing Division
c/o Plainridge Park Casino
301 Washington Street
Plainville, MA 02762
Phone number is 617-533-9803
Fax number is 508-643-9624
The License office (white building) will be open from 9 am-4 pm Monday-Friday but will be closed to foot traffic. If you are unsure of your license status, you can call Bill Eagan at 617-533-9803; he will look up your license and tell you when your license expires.
If you mail in a license application but are not going to be on the grounds, you do not need to pay for a badge. If you must have a receipt you can call the MGC office.
HORSE PAPERWORK REQUIREMENTS
NO PAPERWORK - NO ENTRIES - NO EXCEPTIONS
Health Certificate (Official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection) no more than 30 days prior to shipping to track **See additional information below**
Negative EIA (Coggins) test taken in calendar year 2020
EHV-1 Vaccination in 2020
** 2020 MDAR Documentation Rules for Horses at Massachusetts Racetracks. **
For several years, the New England states have agreed to allow certain healthy animals (usually those attending shows and fairs) that are moving temporarily between states to move with OCVIs that are older than thirty days. These agreements were made in effort to improve compliance and not be cost prohibitive. It appears reasonable to extend the allowance to healthy racehorses that enter the Commonwealth for the sole purpose of racing and then return to the state of origin. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) rules require that all horses whether originating in Massachusetts or moving interstate be accompanied by a negative EIA test conducted within the previous twelve months and an OCVI issued within the prior thirty days the first time they enter the grounds. Plainridge Park will also require a 2020 EHV-1 vaccination for all horses entering the grounds. This includes horses arriving at the facility for any purpose such as participating in the racing meet, stabling on the grounds, or shipping into the facility for training purposes. Veterinary documentation of the vaccination will be required. The Department of Agricultural Resources strongly recommends that all horses also receive vaccinations for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus (WNV) that will protect them during the peak mosquito season extending from late July through the first heavy frost.
We are pleased to announce the RSP participation statements have been reviewed for accuracy and approval has been given to the third-party administrator to begin the process of mailing out statements. For participants who are eligible to withdraw from the program, (65 years or older), the form to withdraw your funds will be included along with your statement. Simply fill out and send into the third-party administrator. Please feel free to contact any Director with questions or assistance.
Your HHANE Board will continue to work towards the reopening of racing at the earliest possible date. Protocols that will be required to be followed will be posted as soon as they become available.
Very truly yours,
Robert McHugh, President
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.
When you need to find it
F A S T :
Notice for Qualifiers at PRC
Horses on Lasix will follow the schedule for a 1:00pm post time. Non-Lasix horses must be on the grounds starting at 11:30am. We are still waiting on a protocol advisory.
HHANE Horsemen - June 30, 2020
John's e-mail is now working! Fax is still not an option at this time. Please email your paperwork to: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you do not know how to scan and email, take a picture and send to HHANE's cell phone at 508-918-8852.
July 3, 2020
The following link is the Protocol approved by the MGC for racing at Plainridge Park Casino. Please take the time to read it. It is very important for everyone to understand and follow it, as our racing future depends on it. Besides the now-familiar practices of social distancing, washing your hand, not touching your hands to your face, face coverings, and frequent use of hand sanitizers, we need to follow all instructions we receive upon entering the premise. The Agricultural Department has offered their assistance to the horsemen and women at Mondays Qualifiers to ensure safe practices are followed, Board members will be available as well. You will be expected to clean up the area assigned to you upon your departure, which means not leaving empty water bottles or containers of any kind, tape, vet wraps, or food wrappers. Leave with everything you bring.
This is a new time, a new era and we all need to do our part to ensure the safety of ourselves, others, our horses, and the future of our Industry.
Your HHANE Board of Directors.
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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Attention Horsemen - July 5, 2020
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: email@example.com.
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.
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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 - July 8, 2020
Trainers who qualified on Monday and are Qualifying tomorrow please adhere similarly to the way things were done, there are some changes and more to come. Please take note of any instructions you receive from the stable gate when entering. Anyone needing assistance can speak with any of the Directors.
Also, If you want to go up to the simulcast/apron portion of the main building, you can only enter through the main entrance of the building, which is the Casino entrance. Minors will not be allowed in. This prohibits activity in racing to anyone under 21. The grass area is open to those younger than 21 for viewing. At this time 21 is the age limit for entrance.
Thank you for your cooperation.
New England Harness Racing
at Plainridge Park in Plainville, Massachusetts
P.O. Box 1811, Plainville, MA 02762 508-316-3364